So, has anyone heard this? An semi-amateur film called the 'Innocence of Muslims' has, again, stirred up furry in the Muslim world to the point of riots, destruction, and murder. Ironically, said film was made to depict the violence of Muhammad and the Islamic world. And this riots also occurred on 9/11.
The Insulting, Anti-Muslim, Low-Budget Film That Provoked The Attacks On American Embassies
Israeli-born California real estate developer-turned-filmmaker Sam Bacile, 56, is currently in hiding after the protest of his low-budget film "Innocence of Muslims" caused the death of the American Ambassador to Libya and three others at the US consulate in Benghazi.
Bacile, who wrote and directed the controversial film, spoke to the AP by phone from an undisclosed location, calling Islam "a cancer" and saying he "intended his film to be a provocative political statement condemning the religion."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bacile is "a California real estate developer who identifies himself as an Israeli Jew, [who] believes the movie will help his native land by exposing Islam's flaws to the world."
A search on IMDB shows Bacile has no other film credits to his name.
The low-budget, arguably poorly-edited and acted two-hour film that was shot in just three months during the summer of 2011 cost $5 million to make, required 59 actors and about 45 production crew members.
Bacile tells AP the film was financed with help from more than 100 Jewish donors.
The 13-minute English trailer on Youtube insults the prophet Muhammad, calling him a fraud and philanderer who approved of child sexual abuse and had "young girl" wives.
According to NBC's Richard Engel, the film was brought to light in Egypt by a religious cleric speaking on TV.
While Bacile expressed remorse to AP after the attacks, he doesn't think the deaths are is his fault, saying "I feel the security system (at the embassies) is no good ... America should do something to change it."
But while the 13-minute trailer has already led to four deaths, Bacile tells AP the film has only been shown once in its entirety to a mostly empty theater in Hollywood earlier this year.
Watch the controversial trailer below at your own risk:
USAmbassador To Libya And Three Others Killed In Attack On Consulate
The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames during a protest by an armed group said to have been protesting a film being produced in the United States September 11, 2012. REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori
Chris Stevens, the US Ambassador to Libya, has been killed in an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi.
The US suffered attacks on its embassies in both Libya and Egypt yesterday amid protests over a film that was deemed offensive to Islam. The news was first broken by Al-Arabiya.
Reuters is reporting three 3 other deaths as well.
By all accounts, Ambassador spent his career as a devoted US foreign service officer, and was the US envoy to Libya's liberation movement during the conflict with Qaddafi.
This video from the State Department, introducing Stevens, is heartbreaking.
And here law enforcement has found director of the film.
Here is Hilary's speach:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday called the film that helped provoke protestors to riot "disgusting and reprehensible."
"Let me state very clearly — and I hope it is obvious — The United States government had nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its content and message," Clinton said in a statement at a State Department.
Clinton said that the video's intended purpose seemed to be inciting violence.
"I know it's hard for some people to understand why the United States cannot or does not just prevent these kinds of reprehensible videos from ever seeing the light of day," Clinton said.
But she quickly added that the video was no excuse to incite violence, condemning the actions that led to the deaths of multiple Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya.
"There is no justification for responding to this video with violence," Clinton said. "We condemn the violence that has resulted in the strongest terms and we greatly appreciate that many Muslims in the US and around the world have spoken out on this issue."
I'm updating this post as I gather more information.
Last edited by Technician on Sep 14 2012 at 07:09