Not too many filmmakers would think of using a film as a murder tool. Some guy from California managed to do it, by making “Innocent Muslims” – an anti-Islamic film that a wave, possibly the biggest wave of its kind.
The New Jersey born U.S. documentary filmmaker Scott J.T. Frank, who is currently working on the documentary film based on real-life events about the downing of an Iranian airliner by a U.S. warship in the Persian Gulf in 1988, spoke to BZFilm regarding the anti-Islamic film.
“I have a theory that this was an election year offensive move by the Republican party and the RNC to try and embarrass Obama and in so doing, take the election in November,” Frank told BZFilm. “This has the smell of that kind of Republican political transgression.”
Frank also slammed the early unconfirmed media reports on the film being shot on $5 million.
“The film’s director is a Coptic Christian with an ax to grind. His work can’t even be called filmmaking,” Frank noted.
“There is no way that $5 million was spent on that movie, which is an unmitigated piece of garbage and, if $5 million was invested, then this felon, an unknown in Hollywood until now, took $4,99 million and spent a thousand on a movie which doesn’t even approach the quality of a Saturday Night Live teleplay,” he added.
The director noted that the entire film was likely made to produce a specific result – to cause unrests in the Muslim world.
“In my view, though I cannot prove this at present, it was little more than a prank with a nefarious intention to overwhelm the growing odds in favor of Barack Obama being re-elected,” Frank said. “This is a desperate act by desperate men who are bend on controlling America and from America, the world.”
One way or another, the film “Innocent Muslims” has reached its goal – it did cause unrests, and even deaths. Film’s release affected not only the Muslim world but the actors that have appeared in the film as well.
They did not even know that their voices would be dubbed in post-production, and a low-budget war drama would turn into an anti-Islamic film that insults Prophet Mohammed. They’ve been expressing their anger over this, ever since.
The movie, backed by hardcore anti-Islam groups in the United States, is a low-budget project that was ignored in the United States when trailers were posted on YouTube in July. But after Egyptian television aired certain segments, violent protests erupted in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Israel and the Palestinian territories.
“Innocent Muslims” sparkled unrests and protests all over the Muslim world. BBC reported several days ago that at least 7 more people were killed last Friday in demonstrations over the film.
Three people were killed when the US embassy in Khartoum was attacked, Sudanese state radio said. In Tunisia, two people were killed after crowds breached the US embassy compound in Tunis. There was one death in Egypt and one in Lebanon.
Some say the director’s name was Sam Bacile. U.S. federal officials say his name is Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, and he’s a convicted felon with a history of using aliases to hide his actions. In the film, Prophet Mohammed is portrayed as a womanizer, buffoon, ruthless killer and child molester.
Almost every Muslim country has expressed its regret and anger on the film, and Iran, for example, has gone a little further – by declaring to track down the maker of the film.
In a statement, Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi issued stark message, saying that “Iran will search for, track and pursue this person who has insulted 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide.”
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