It’s been 10 years since Submission’s director, Theo van Gogh, was murdered in retaliation for making this film.
See a screening of this controversial short film that confronts the violence against women that is permitted under the Koran and practiced in conservative Islamic cultures. Afterwards, Thane Rosenbaum leads a discussion with the film’s screenwriter, human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Bret Stephens of The Wall Street Journal.
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Thane Rosenbaum is a novelist and Senior Fellow at NYU School of Law, the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction along with essays in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Huffington Post and the Daily Beast, among other publications. He also directs the Forum on Law, Culture & Society (FOLCS.org).
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an outspoken defender of women's rights in Islamic societies, was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. She escaped an arranged marriage by immigrating to the Netherlands in 1992 and served as a member of the Dutch parliament from 2003 to 2006. In 2004, together with director Theo van Gogh, she made Submission, a film about the oppression of women in conservative Islamic cultures. The airing of the film on Dutch television resulted in the assassination of Mr. van Gogh by an Islamic extremist. Ayaan subsequently moved to the United States, and she is now a Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. In 2007, she established the AHA Foundation to help protect and defend the rights of women in the West from oppression justified by religion and culture. She has published a collection of essays, The Caged Virgin (2006), a memoir, Infidel (2007), and the second volume of her autobiography, Nomad (2010). She was named one of TIME Magazine's "100 Most Influential People" of 2005.
Bret Stephens writes “Global View,” the Wall Street Journal’s foreign-affairs column, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2013. He is the paper’s deputy editorial page editor, responsible for the international opinion pages of the Journal, and a member of the paper’s editorial board. He is also a regular panelist on the "Journal Editorial Report," a weekly political talk show broadcast on Fox News Channel.
Presented in partnership with the Forum on Law, Culture & Society.