"It's our psychological warfare against the IDF," Director Yossef Muhammad said.
The movie, produced by a television station associated with the Islamic Jihad, centers around a shooting attack that occurred in July 2005 near the Kissufim checkpoint, prior to the disengagement. During the attack, Islamic Jihad, Popular Resistance Committees and al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades cells worked together, murdering Rachel and Dov Kol and injuring five others. Two terrorists were killed during the attack.
The film's promotional clip
The director claimed he focused on this particular event because he believes it catalyzed Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. However he entirely overlooks the fact that the Israeli government agreed on the disengagement plan months before the terror attack took place.
"The purpose of the film was to soften the image of the Palestinian terrorist, an image distorted by the Western media machines and Hollywood psychological warfare against Arabs and Islam," explained Muhammad.
A Youtube video was uploaded recently to promote the movie, displaying behind-the-scenes footage of the filming process as well as a short promo. In an interview, the director claimed he was forced to shut down production ever so often, fearing Israeli Air Force planes hovering over the Strip.
Behind the scenes
Muhammad remarked that his actors used live ammunition though out the shooting, and therefore were afraid of an Israeli response.
According to the director, an entire scene in the film is based on footage shot from within an Israeli tank, which he was able to obtain with the help of an IDF officer in exchange for a "ridiculous" sum of money.
The officer, said Muhammad, gave the footage to a European journalist who, in turn, sent it to the director. "Just like the Israeli army has collaborators within the Palestinian society, we too have Israeli collaborators," he said.
The movie was then sent by the director via Youtube to over 10,000 email accounts, which he claims belong to IDF soldiers and officers. According to him, the Mossad has been sending him death threats, which he believes, "only prove how successful the film is."
The movie will be screened in upcoming Egyptian film festivals.
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