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Plans for movie on New Zealand mosque attacks draw criticism

[서울=아시아뉴스통신] 레악카나기자 송고시간 2021-06-12 03:50

A police officer stands guard outside Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Mar 22, 2019. The movie would be set in the days after the 2019 attacks in which 51 people were killed at two Christchurch mosques. (Photo by=Reuters/Jorge Silva)

[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] WELLINGTON: Tentative plans for a movie that recounts the response of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to a gunman's slaughter of Muslim worshippers drew criticism in New Zealand on Friday (Jun 11) for not focusing on the victims of the attacks.

Hollywood news outlet Deadline reported that Australian actor Rose Byrne was set to play Ardern in the movie They Are Us, which was being shopped by New York-based FilmNation Entertainment to international buyers. Deadline added the movie would follow Ardern's response to the attacks and how people rallied behind her message of compassion and unity, and her successful call to ban the deadliest types of semiautomatic weapons. The movie’s title came from the words Ardern spoke in a landmark address soon after the attacks. At the time, Ardern was praised around the world for her response.

However, many in New Zealand are raising concerns about the movie plans. Abdigani Ali, a spokesperson for the Muslim Association of Canterbury, said the community recognized the story of the attacks needed to be told "but we would want to ensure that it’s done in an appropriate, authentic, and sensitive matter". Tina Ngata, an author, and advocate, was blunter, tweeting that the slaughter of Muslims should not be the backdrop for a film about "white woman strength. COME ON".



 

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