Film of murdered helmer makes its debut
AMSTERDAM — Tight security blanketed Sunday’s private screening of slain helmer Theo Van Gogh’s last film, the political thriller “06/05.”
Everyone who worked at the venue — the Cafe Dudok in the Hague — was investigated, several dozen police cordoned off the street, and all those entering had to present identification and were subject to body searches.
Van Gogh, notorious for his anti-Islamic views, was shot and stabbed to death Nov. 2 near the Oosterpark in Amsterdam.
He had received numerous death threats after his film “Submission,” which focused on violence against women within Islamic society, aired on Dutch TV in August.
A note was pinned to his body by the assailant containing a death threat to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Dutch parliamentarian and former Muslim who had scripted “Submission.”
Speaking at the screening, producer Gijs Van de Westelaken said Van Gogh’s shingle Column had no immediate plans to produce “Submission II,” the second part in a planned trilogy. “It was Theo’s project and, frankly, we don’t expect that there will be a lot of directors lining up to film it,” he added.