The now infamous film that provoked outrage in Libya and Cairo which led to the deaths of four American foreign service officers in Benghazi, has been tied to a Christian Charity, Media for Christ, according to a report today in The Huffington Post:
Media for Christ, a Duarte, Calif.-based Christian nonprofit group, applied for the film permit, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported. The charity’s misson statement is to “glow Jesus’ light” to the world.
Though Joseph Nassralla, the president of Media for Christ, emerged as a forcebehind the anti-Muslim film, the organization said it had nothing to do with the project and was upset by its content, according to the L.A. Times. Nassralla has reportedly devoted himself to criticizing Islam in speeches and interviews during recent years.
The Huffington Post adds:
“The Innocence of Muslims” was partially filmed on a set built for the CBS TV show “JAG” by Paramount’s TV unit, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Portions of the low-budget film were shot in Santa Clarita, Calif., on an area of the Blue Cloud Film Ranch called “Baghdad Square.” This set has been used by TV and movie productions — including “Iron Man,” “Arrested Development” and “CSI” — to recreate Middle Eastern war zones.
THR reports that Paramount said there is no way to verify whether the studio built the set. However,
The permit for “The Innocence of Muslims,” which was filmed in Los Angeles Countyin August 2011 under the title “Desert Warriors,” has been pulled from public view by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department over safety concerns, TheWrap reported.
Four Americans, including J.Christopher Stevens, the American ambassador in Libya, were killed as a result of the violent protests, which reportedly were caused directly in response to the film.
Also via The Huffington Post:
The “Innocence of Muslims” director duped the 80 cast and crews members involved in the film, according to CNN. They said they were “grossly misled” about the film’s intent and purpose.
“The entire cast and crew are extremely upset and feel taken advantage of by the producer,” they said in a statement to CNN. “We are 100% not behind this film and were grossly misled about its intent and purpose. We are shocked by the drastic rewrites of the script and lies that were told to all involved. We are deeply saddened by the tragedies that have occurred.”
“Media For Christ is a Christ centered work to promote the ever increasing grace of our savior through media tools,” according to their website.
Image via screenshot of “Innocence of Muslims”, which has since been blocked for viewing.
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