Theo Van Gogh Film Pulled From Film Festival

27th January 2005

Murdered director Theo Van Gogh’s final work has been cancelled from a Film Festival in Rotterdam, following fears that the screening could spark off more religious violence.


Murdered director Theo Van Gogh’s final work has been cancelled from a Film Festival in Rotterdam, following fears that the screening could spark off more religious violence. Submission Part One, the fictional film that cost Van Gogh his life, shows a Muslim woman being beaten by her husband, raped by her uncle and accused of adultery – the constraints of Islam forbid the woman from escaping her wretched situation. Van Gogh was killed by an Islamist extremist shortly after the film was broadcast on Dutch television. The trial of Mohammed Bouyeri,the 26-year old Moroccan national who is the main suspect, began this week.

The writer of the film, Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali, was forced into hiding following the killing. The murder triggered a wave of attacks on mosques and Islamic schools.

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