Who would want to kill the village idiot?

Amsterdam, portrait of Theo van Gogh for sale at freemarket

 

Theo van Gogh (July 23, 1957–November 2, 2004) was a Dutch film director, television producer, publicist and actor. He was a descendant of Theo van Gogh, the brother of painter Vincent van Gogh. He was murdered by Mohammed Bouyeri in 2004.

 

The film Submission Working from a script written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, van Gogh created the 10-minute movie Submission. The movie deals with the topic of violence against women in Islamic societies; telling the stories of four abused Muslim women. The title itself, "Submission", is the translation of the word "Islam" into English. In the film, women's naked bodies are veiled with semi-transparent shrouds as they kneel in prayer, telling their stories as if they are speaking to Allah. Qur'anic verses unfavourable to women are projected onto their bodies in Arabic. After the movie was released in 2004, both van Gogh and Hirsi Ali received death threats. Van Gogh did not take these very seriously and refused any protection, reportedly telling Ayaan Hirsi Ali: "Who would want to kill the village idiot?"

  • Rudi Sellink 8y

    Zo triest allemaal, daarom ga ik graag de natuur in en probeer dit soort mensenellende allemaal te vergeten.

    Very sad all together, that's why I want to go in to the nature in my spare time to forget about all this human nonsense
  • Williamsburg's Wren PRO 8y

    Wow, no wonder this guy looks like he has a headache... the lighting in this is really great!
  • Ellie 8y

    Wow, I didn't know he was a Vincent van Gogh descendant...
    People are stupid and do stupid things in the name of God (in their minds) or vise versa ...
  • Ben The Man PRO 8y

    Rudi, Wren and Ellie, Yes, it's all sad.
  • _Hans van de Vorst 8y

    One of my heroes and still IS.

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  • Ben The Man PRO 8y

    Hans, Ja voor mij ook. Ik vond altijd z'n interviews op AT5 geweldig. THX.
  • Tin Green 8y

    Portet van Vincent van Gogh???
  • Ben The Man PRO 8y

    Ja, sorry Theo!
  • ! . © Angela Lobefaro . ! PRO 8y

    I am very sorry for your friend Ben
    Theo Van Gogh, 1957-2004
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