Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Submission II is too risky
Ayaan Hirsi Ali says she will not make sequels to her controversial 2004 film , an attack on the treatment of Muslim women. In an interview for Dutch TV, the former Dutch politician said the risk to the crew and cast would be too great.
The script for is finished and a third part was planned, Ms Hirsi Ali says, but it would be too difficult to guarantee anonymity for producers or actors.
criticised alleged violence against women in Islam, and featured images of women’s bodies painted with verses from the Qur’an. After the film was aired on Dutch TV, its director Theo van Gogh was murdered by a Muslim extremist. The filmmaker and broadcaster was an outspoken critic of Islam. He had been open about his role in collaborating with Ms Hirsi Ali on Submission, which some Muslims criticised as blasphemous.
Fanatics Submission II was to have tackled the oppression of homosexuals in Islam. In part three God would have been portrayed speaking directly.
Although Ms Hirsi Ali says she feels too great a sense of responsibility to go ahead with the sequels, she denies her decision was based on fear. Creating a climate of fear was precisely the aim of Muslim fanatics who reject any criticism of Islam, she says.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali now lives in the United States, where she works for the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. She was elected as an MP for the free-market liberal VVD in 2003, having switched to the right from the Labour Party. As a feminist Islam critic she argued that Dutch politics had ignored the oppression of Muslim women.
In 2006 the then immigration minister withdrew the Somali-born politician’s Dutch citizenship because she had given a false name during her asylum application. The row led to the fall of the government.
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