The not so innocent film
The film is provocative, propagandist and a deliberate attempt to inflame passions
Hardnews Bureau Delhi
An amateurish, deliberately provocative and crass film, The Innocence of Muslims, has sparked massive protests across the Middle East and is even being blamed for the killing of four US officials in Bengazhi including the US envoy to Libya Chris Stevens. The film which depicts the much revered Prophet Mohammed as a homosexual, paedophile, who endorsed child slavery and extra marital affairs for his own good is disgraceful and despicable. The film has once again raised the question of how far can one go with the freedom of speech and expression?
The 14-minute trailer of the film posted on the internet clearly speaks of the intentions behind this venture-- to inflame passion amongst Muslim population across the globe. Strangely, the film that intends to trace the history of Islam, begins with a pitiable scene wherein a man with an American accent and brown make-up claims, “Our prophet had 61 wives — 11 at the same time. He even had a girlfriend!” The subsequent shots are archetypical of some propagandist Hollywood scripts wherein Muslims are depicted as blood thirsty individuals who intend to kill Christians and Jews.
However, the worst was yet to come. A Christian man fleeing an attack by Muslims tries to trace the history of Islam and from here on the movie becomes almost unwatchable with propaganda written all over it. The locations are all bogus; the actors deliver poorly and look dreary with their brown make up and fake accents. The only reason for making the film seems to insult Muslims and make mockery of their beliefs. The film has shades of Jewish propaganda against Islam that keeps surfacing on the internet time and again.
Interestingly, the film is being attributed to the controversial Florida pastor Terry Jones who had earlier inflamed similar passions after he decided to burn copies of Koran as a publicity stunt. A statement released by Sam Bacile, the said writer, director and producer of the controversial film, gives a glimpse of why this venture was even attempted. “Islam is a cancer,” Sam Bacile, a 52-year-old, Israeli-American real estate developer told Washington Post. The whereabouts of Bacile is unknown and it being speculated that the movie received funds from several powerful Jewish lobbies. Interestingly, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, a Coptic Christian based near Los Angeles claimed to have provided the logistics for the film.
With protests spreading to various countries, it is interesting to see that the movie has yet not been removed from You Tube prompting countries like Afghanistan to put an indefinite blockade on the video sharing website. Today, hundreds of protestors attacked the US Embassy in Sana, Yemen. There have been similar reports of protests from Cairo and several other places. The film could lead to widespread anger in countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan where the radical elements have a history of exploiting such situations.