Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Geert Wilders's short film "Fitna"

Here is an embed of Geert Wilder’s 17-minute short film “Fitna”. The word means “temptation”, or "division or disagreement among the people".  The film is actually directed by Scarlet Pimpernel.

Wilder is a controversial right-wing politician in the Netherlands.  The film is controversial in the Netherlands.

Wikipedia has a detailed article naming all the Sura and describing the legal action in Europe that resulted, including copyright infringement over the Jyllands Posten cartoon images.

The film opens with shots of the 9/11 attacks and has gruesome footage of many other attacks in Europe.  Toward the end, it emphasizes attacks on gays, as well as intolerance of democracy or unbelief.

The film mentions Salman Rushdie, and Theo van Gogh (who as "assassinated" in 2004 over his film "Submission").

But of course the film can be said to depict only the most radical forms of Islam.

The film uses music from Edvard Grieg's "Peer Gynt".

I looked up the film after watching Bill Weir's interview with Wilders on his "Wonder List" show for CNN (see TV blog).

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