ROME — Italian pubcaster RAI is expected to broadcast clips of “Submission, Part I” today — the first time a national web will have aired the controversial 12-minute short since it was shown on Dutch TV in August, prior to the murder of its helmer, Theo van Gogh.
A selection of four or five minutes of “Submission” will be included in late-evening news program “Punto e a capo” (Full Stop. New Paragraph) on RAI 2.
Docu criticizes Islam’s treatment of women and contains scenes in which verses from the Koran are written across the naked body of a Muslim woman.
The Islamic Council of Turin had asked Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi to cancel the show. In its letter it complained the film was “detrimental to Islamic traditions and customs.”
The film has been championed in Italy by the anti-immigration Northern League party. It has screened in several private cinema clubs in northern Italy and was screened at the Italian Parliament.
Van Gogh was murdered in November and a Muslim man was convicted of the killing. Attacks against mosques and churches in Holland followed his death.
“Submission” was pulled from the Locarno Film Festival last month for security reasons.
In January, Gijs van Westelaken, the film’s producer, pulled “Submission” from Rotterdam, saying he did not want to endanger the lives of others who had been involved in making it.