Politician Plans to Make Sequel to Van Gogh Film Despite Threats of Violence

June 17, 2005

Source: BBC News


On June 17, 2005 BBC News reported, "Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali has told the BBC she intends to make a follow-up to the Theo van Gogh film Submissions Part One, which resulted in the director being killed, allegedly by a radical Muslim. Van Gogh was murdered in November 2004, allegedly by Dutch-Moroccan Mohammed Bouyeri. Van Gogh had his throat cut and was shot several times. A letter was then pinned to his chest with a knife. The letter threatened Ms Ali, who had scripted the film. 'Deciding not to make Part Two after Theo van Gogh's murder would be, I think, really wrong,' Ms Ali told BBC World Service's The Interview programme. 'It would reward the killers of Theo van Gogh, it would reward violence, suggesting it can get people to do what you want them to do.'"