Submission (2004 film)

Submission (2004 Film)

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For the 2010 feature documentary directed by Stefan Jarl, see Submission .
Submission (2004) is an 11-minute short film in English directed by Theo van Gogh and written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (a former member of the Dutch House of Representatives for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy); it was shown on the Dutch public broadcasting network (VPRO) on August 29, 2004. The film's title is a direct translation of the word "Islam" (see also the etymology and meaning of the word). Due to the film, director van Gogh was assassinated by a Muslim extremist. Hirsi Ali had to flee the Netherlands and remains under constant protection.


The film tells the story of four fictional characters played by a single actress wearing a veil, but clad in a see-through chador, her naked body painted with verses from the Koran. The characters are Muslim women who have been abused in various ways. The film contains monologues of these women and dramatically highlights three verses of the Quran,( and ) that allegedly give authority to men over women, by showing them painted on women’s bodies.


Hirsi Ali has said "it is written in the Koran a woman may be slapped if she is disobedient. This is one of the evils I wish to point out in the film". In an answer to a question about whether the film would offend Muslims, Hirsi Ali said that "if you're a Muslim...
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