Theo Van Gogh

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Theo Van Gogh (1957-2004) was a Dutch filmmaker who co-directed the 2003 film Submission with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, which showed how badly women in Islamic countries were treated. He was the great-grandson of Vincent Van Gogh's brother (with the same name).

In 2004, he was brutally murdered by an Islamic extremist, because of Submission and his criticism of Islam.

  • In November 2004, "a Muslim fanatic murdered Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh for making a movie about the abuse of women under Islam".[1]

This case has inspired many right-wing activists in Holland to speak out against the threat of radical Islam, especially Geert Wilders.

Theo Van Gogh was an atheist.


  1. Resisting threat of fanatical Islam: West must not surrender permanent liberty for temporary tolerance - Geert Wilders, The Washington Times