Any serious or persistent criticism of Islam is usually described by Muslims and their Multiculturalist allies as “Islam-bashing”.
But have you ever heard of “Christianity-bashing”?
How about “kafir-bashing”?
When the mobs gather to shout “Death to those who insult Islam!” or “Jews to the gas!”, they’re just… well, “Muslim demonstrators”. Or “angry protestors”. Or maybe “Muslims who feel threatened by growing Islamophobia”. Or something similar. We’ve all heard the media-speak whitewash.
Fortunately for the world’s 6.8 quadrillion insulted Muslims, a young Indonesian woman in the Netherlands is helping her boyfriend make a movie in response to Geert Wilders’ Fitna. According to Radio Netherlands, Anita Paoniasari plans to set the record straight:
‘I Muslima’, A Personal Response to ‘Fitna’
Many Indonesian Muslims do not recognize the violent portrayal of Islam by Dutch opposition MP Geert Wilders. A 70-minute documentary shows how Mr Wilders’ relentless Islam-bashing is affecting them.
I Muslima is the first documentary by 24-year-old social studies student Stefan Franz from Tilburg. His girlfriend Anita Paoniasari, raised in a strict Islamic community in the Indonesian city of Bandung does not recognise the image of Islam painted by politician Geert Wilders in his film Fitna. She has been living in the Netherlands for seven years, and says she has become Westernized, but is angered and saddened by the violent Islam portrayed by the Dutch MP, despite the critical questions she is asking herself about her religion.
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For Stefan Franz, this was sufficient reason to travel to Indonesia with his girlfriend and record the reactions of people there on video. Anita Paoniasari talked to people in the street and to old friends. Conversations with imams also invariably turned to Geert Wilders, Fitna and Islam. At the time, fanatical believers were holding a demonstration against the film in the capital Jakarta.
Stefan Franz distilled more than 60 hours’ worth of recordings into a 70-minute documentary in which we follow his girlfriend during her conversations with fellow believers, but also share in her uncertainties. The documentary’s first screening will take place at the Mundial Film Festival in Tilburg on 23 April 2009.
Hat tip: TB.