Wilders discloses more information about film

11th February 2008, Comments 0 comments

Freedom Party PVV faction leader Geert Wilders has disclosed more information out about his controversial anti-Islam film.

11 February 2008

AMSTERDAM – Freedom Party PVV faction leader Geert Wilders has disclosed more information out about his controversial anti-Islam film, the Volkskrant reports. The film will be titled Fitna (Arabic for ‘trial, ordeal'), it will be 15 minutes long, and end with a print of the prophet Mohammed. "Something happens with the print, but I don't want to say what," Wilders said in an interview with the GPD Associated Press Services.

In the interview Wilders says he wanted to take the film's title from the Koran. He says that ‘fitna' refers to situations in which the faith of Muslims is tested. He uses the term ‘reflectively.' Wilders: ‘Islam and the Koran are my ordeal. For me the corrupting Islam is fitna."

Wilders reiterated that the film will be released in March. It is still not clear where it will be broadcast. He says he is still in talks with Dutch channels.

The government's attitude, which has put the Dutch embassies and police forces on edge, and the commotion that has arisen in the Islamic world in advance of the film have already proved his view right, Wilders says. In an opinion piece in the Volkskrant he reported that the panicked reactions demonstrate that Islam is "an intolerant ideology."

Since his point has been proven, the film does not even have to be made. But it will be, Wilders told the Telegraaf in late January. In the GPD interview he explains that he will illustrate excerpts and verses from the Koran with documentary footage. In doing so he wants to demonstrate that the Koran "is not a dead letter, but the face of Islam: a life-sized threat."

The film gives international examples of "Islamic evil" and then zooms in on the Netherlands. It is unclear what he will show of the Netherlands. Nor did Wilders want to comment further on whether the Koran will be torn or burned in his film.

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