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Bloody Cartoons (Why Democracy? Series)

Filmed across the Middle East, Bloody cartoons looks at how and why 12 drawings in a Danish newspaper drew a small country into a confrontation with Muslims all over the world...The director films in Lebanon, Iran, Syria, Qatar, France, Turkey and Denmark, talking to some of the people who played key roles during the "cartoon crisis." Critics of the cartoons claim that they were racist and Islamophobic. Investigates such questions as: How tolerant should we be, of the intolerant? And what limits should there be if any, to freedom of speech in a democracy? Goes beyond the controversy to investigate the roots of the crisis and in the process examines the need for freedom of speech in democratic societies. Directed by Karsten Kjaer.Dist. Cinema Guild. 2007. 53 min.