Muslim Film Festival Held in Fremont

July 25, 2006

Source: Inside Bay Area

Wire Service: AP

On July 25, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "The U.S. debut of the popular but controversial Turkish action movie 'Valley of Wolves: Iraq,' starring Billy Zane and Gary Busey, will be among the screenings during the Muslim Film Festival at the Naz 8 Cinema on Saturday. Critics say the film — at $10 million the most expensive ever made in Turkey — vilifies the United States, showing American soldiers in Iraq killing a little boy in front of his mother and arbitrarily gunning down dozens of other people. Zane plays a CIA officer and self-professed 'peacekeeper sent by God,' and Busey is cast as a Jewish American at Abu Ghraib prison who harvests human organs to sell to rich people in New York, London and Tel Aviv. But the screenwriter and director have defended the film, which has broken box office records in Turkey. The festival, which will be from 1 to 11 p.m., also will include themes such as Muslim snowboarders, gender divisions at mosques, praying etiquette at American restaurants, and a hajj pilgrimage."