BLOODY CARTOONS (D: Karsten Kjaer, Denmark). 52 minutes. Some subtitles. April 24, 9:30 pm, ROM; April 25, 7:15 pm, Innis Town Hall. Rating: NNN
Karsten Kjaer’s look at the explosion of violent protest in the Islamic world over Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten’s publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad is a straight-up work of investigative journalism.
Kjaer talks to various players on every side of the affair – including an elderly Iranian protester – and concludes that the entire controversy was orchestrated by Islamic leaders in an attempt to intimidate the West.
It’s a pretty convincing argument, particularly when Kjaer discovers that the prohibition on images of Muhammad is entirely open to interpretation – unless you’re looking for an excuse to set fire to an embassy.