Anti-Islam Movie Continues to be Shrouded in Mystery
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,
The origins of the 13 minute ‘film’, continues to be shrouded in a great deal of mystery. From what we’ve established thus far, is that Sam Bacile is a false name with a false identity, as seen on various news websites. See CBS News’, The Atlantic News’ and Entertainment Weekly’s latest reports on the newest developments. However, the most striking news thus far is the deceit employed by the Coptic Christian director, as reported via Gawker:
Cindy Lee Garcia, an actress from Bakersfield, Calif., has a small role in the Muhammed movie as a woman whose young daughter is given to Muhammed to marry. But in a phone interview this afternoon, Garcia told us she had no idea she was participating in an offensive spoof on the life of Muhammed when she answered a casting call through an agency last summer and got the part.
The script she was given was titled simply Desert Warriors.
“It was going to be a film based on how things were 2,000 years ago,” Garcia said. “It wasn’t based on anything to do with religion, it was just on how things were run in Egypt. There wasn’t anything about Muhammed or Muslims or anything.”
In the script and during the shooting, nothing indicated the controversial nature of the final product, now called Muslim Innocence. Muhammed wasn’t even called Muhammed; he was “Master George,” Garcia said. The words Muhammed were dubbed over in post-production, as were essentially all other offensive references to Islam and Muhammed.
What’s also quite noticable to those of us who have watched the 13 minute ‘movie’, are the obvious dubbing of the names as reported by ON THE MEDIA:
If you watch closely, you can see that when the actors are reading parts of the script that do not contain Islam-specific language, the audio from the sound stage is used (the audio that was recorded as the actors were simultaneously being filmed). But anytime the actors are referring to something specific to the religion (the Prophet Muhammed, the Quran, etc.) the audio recorded during filming is replaced with a poorly executed post-production dub. And if you look EVEN closer, you can see that the actors’ mouths are saying something other than what the dub is saying.
BUZZFEED’s Rosie Grey, has also noticed some peculiarities about the video itself:
As the video above — cut from the YouTube video tied to a global controversy — shows, nearly all of the names in the movie’s “trailer” — is a compilation of the most clumsily overdubbed moments from what is in reality an incoherent, haphazardly-edited set of scenes. Among the overdubbed words is “Mohammed,” suggesting that the footage was taken from a film about something else entirely. The footage also suggests multiple video sources — there are obvious and jarring discrepancies among actors and locations… whoever made (it) may well have made use of little more than the standard editing software Final Cut Pro — far from a cast and crew of over 100 and millions of dollars.
It’ll also be quite informative to read the Christian Science Monitor’s article on this issue as well. The only information we can be certain of thus far is of Morris Sadek’s involvement. Anything beyond that, inclusive of the director, producer, funding, origins are all a mystery. Stay tuned as more information continues to be produced in what is probably one of the single most odd events of the 21st century.
wa Allaahu Alam,
and God knows best.