|Theo Van Gogh|
Birthplace: Wassenaar, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Location of death: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cause of death: Assassination
Remains: Cremated, Nieuwe Ooster, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Film Director, Author
Executive summary: Controversial Director of Submission
A Dutch filmmaker that seemed to specialize in the controversial, though none of his films are widely viewed outside the Netherlands. One of them, 1-900 (1994), is a pretentious attempt to turn phone sex into art. It rather fails. A better example of his work is Interview (2003).
Van Gogh's short film Submission (2004) involves an abused Muslim woman who renounces her faith, and employs images of battered women with Quranic verses condoning spousal abuse written on their bodies. After airing on Dutch TV, many Muslims were displeased to say the least, and at least one bicycling Muslim shot, stabbed, and killed Van Gogh as he was exiting an automobile in Amsterdam. Police chased the suspect, a Moroccan, into a park where they wounded and subdued him.
Ironically, Van Gogh was completing 06-05, a film covering the assassination of Pim Fortuyn, maverick Dutch presidential candidate who was killed in Hilversum, near Amsterdam, in 2002.
Van Gogh is the great-great-grandson of Theo, brother of Vincent van Gogh.
Father: Johan van Gogh
Law School: (dropped out)
Shot Amsterdam, Netherlands (2-Nov-2004)
Risk Factors: Obesity, Smoking
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