Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Innocence Of Muslims

Life Of Muhammad
A new film satirising Mohammed has sparked protests in Libya and Egypt. Protesters burned the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and stormed the US embassy in Cairo. They were demonstrating against a film which portrays Mohammed as a violent, bisexual adulterer. Three days ago, a clip from the film (dubbed into Arabic, and partially pixelated) was broadcast by the Egyptian TV station Al-Nas.

Details of the film's production are currently unclear. It is being promoted by Sam Bacile, though this is presumably a pseudonym for Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a convicted fraudster. Apparently, the film was screened under the title Innocence Of Bn Laden [sic.] at the Vine cinema in Los Angeles, California, on 23rd June. Bacile subsequently released an extended trailer for the film, under the title Life Of Muhammad. It is now being referred to as Innocence Of Muslims. (Judging by the trailer, 'Carry On Islam' might be a more appropriate title.) The film was directed by Alan Roberts.

The offices of French newspaper Charlie Hebdo were attacked last year following its Charia Hebdo edition satirising Mohammed. Infamously, Jyllands-Posten published twelve Mohammed caricatures in 2005, leading to violent protests around the world. They inspired other Mohammed cartoons, published in solidarity with Jyllands-Posten.

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