Dutch Filmmaker Killed Following Outrage Over Film Critiquing Islamic Treatment of Women

November 3, 2004

Source: The Washington Post


On November 3, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "A Dutch filmmaker who outraged members of the Muslim community with his attacks on the treatment of women in Islamic society was gunned down and stabbed to death on an Amsterdam street Tuesday morning. Witnesses said a gunman opened fire on Theo van Gogh, 47, as the filmmaker bicycled down Linnaeus Street in the eastern part of the city. The gunman then chased him on foot, shot him again and stabbed him, they said. Some reports said the killer slit van Gogh's throat with a knife as the victim lay helpless on the pavement... Friends and associates said van Gogh had received anonymous death threats after Dutch television aired his controversial short film 'Submission' in August. The film featured four women who claimed to have been abused by their Muslim husbands and who wore see-through robes showing their breasts, with texts from the Koran scrawled on their bodies."