Its appears that a man named Sam Bacile is the writer-producer-director of the film that set Egypt and Libya on fire yesterday, even though the film’s teaser was uploaded to YouTube 2 months ago – took them so long to find out? or was it just a certain day was preferred for the “protests”?
Anyway, Bacile told a few sources (link to some of the info here) that he got the money for the film from “Jewish” investors and that he managed to get $5 million for it. It seems safe to say that anyone over 12 years old who watches this “teaser” can say that this aint no $5 million movie, it is a good amateur theater club production no doubt, with no known actors, no professional acting, no real camera movement and no professional sound (you can easily see how sound has been edited on this short 15 min clip) one has to wonder if this produced knows how to count (money, that is).
Furthermore, Sam Bacile told the press he was an Israeli Jew who had family in Egypt, which is borderline fiction since all Egyptian Jews who live in Israel have been there for many years already and left no one behind. What adds to the notion that this person is in fact Egyptian is that the begging of the teaser shows current day Egypt with Muslims storming Copts (or Christians in general) and the police doing nothing about it.
No need to say that hiding the truth at this point only makes the makers of this rather poor and vulgar teaser look even less respectable than they looked at the start of this thing, however it is important to note that in a normal world no one would have heard about this man or his “film” and that this thing would have been left to dry on the Youtube servers with 12 views.
As usual the issue here is not the quality of a film but the right of anyone to express an opinion, vulgar as it may be it does not pose any threat to anyone out there, you can simply ignore it and go on with your life, the freedom of expression is not just about expression but about freedom of thought, and this is the one single thing that brought Western civilization to enlightenment, let us not forget this.
* Update (September 14th)
Nakoula Basseley seems to be the real name of the producer of this movie, which started under a working title “Desert Warriors” and ended up being much more about the Islamic faith. The produced is not Israeli or Jewish (as was suggested before) but an Egyptian Christian Copt.
Actors in the movie say that they did not know anything about it being so tied to religion, that they were told that this is a movie about old time in Egypt, some claim that a voiceover was edited onto their lines in post production.
It seems that as more is discovered about the maker of this film the more it looks like one religious believer defaming another religion, and even though this is something that is not elegant it kind of makes sense that an Egyptian copts would have very strong feelings against Muslims in light of the past year’s violence against the Christian Copts in Egypt.