Britz

I watched a program in Channel 4 the other day called “Britz” and it just… tickled me.


The program, fictional of course, showed brother and sister, born in UK, Pakistan origin, Moslem (who don’t drink, don’t eat pork, but still sleep around, ironically), who went to totally opposite directions. The brother joined MI5 (perhaps like FBI in the USA?) and worked undercover among his childhood friends to find out more about terrorism acts, or let’s say, the suspicion about who’s going to blow up Britain. His background was perfect for him to infiltrate the organization.

The sister, a medical student, experienced a much more personal tragedy, starting with seeing her best friend was taken by the police, and when she and her fellow students were demonstrating outside the station, she was arrested without any clear charges and was being verbally abused by the police officer who said that if she didn’t shut up they will shove the bacon into her throat along with the beer. She was released soon after, but her friend was under curfew and was told to avoid several people, including her. Her friend apparently couldn’t stand being under house-arrest for a long time so she killed herself. This, including her father’s rage about her dating a black Christian guy, as well as attending secret meetings with the other Moslems who think they are second-class citizen in the UK (she tried wearing hijab for one day and her fellow doctors asked her to take it off or get out of the surgery room), made her mind twisted, and decided to be a suicide bomber.

I wonder if people think that there are only 2 kind of Moslems in UK. One who thinks that UK is their country and is closed his eyes even though he sees how the system treats the Moslems unfairly and keeps trying to deny his origins, and the other one is the one who is ready to blow up the country where he actually was born in and is never thank the country for everything he’s got, while his home country couldn’t offer.

At the end the story failed to show us, or to make us understand more about suicide bombing. Portraying the sister who left her boyfriend being beaten-to-death by her cousins just to accomplish her mission, and decided to blow herself up even though her brother found her, was a truly pathetic, selfish act. Not to mention the location was a park that was full of women and children. Her recorded message before she took the action was that everybody is wrong because we keep electing the government, the same government who sends their troops to Iraq, the same government who establishes the anti-terrorism law which enables them to do such horrible things for the sake of the country’s safety (she gave example like Guantamo and Abu Ghraib Prisons). And as a result, we must die.

To me, what I don’t understand is why those suicide bombers think that by blowing themselves up will change the world, change people’s perception about their war and their beliefs. If one thing that those people have achieved so far, is portraying Islam as brutal, violent, and inhuman religion.

Comments

  1. Ideally religious studies should be open to debate and analysis, but it doesn’t always happen that way. What happens is we are often force-feeding of the rituals, sacred symbols, icons, and texts from the holy book, with the heavy message that they should all be respected unquestioningly. The acts portrayed in the movie I think is a result of cultural baggage. They bring the baggage and negative parts of the culture over, such as “honour” killings, jihad, etc. They chose not to talk because they fear their voice won’t be heard.

  2. KerinchiGuy says:

    seems to me ‘britz’ is a simplistic, badly thought-out, badly made movie. a better movie that shows the motivations of suicide bombers would be ‘paradise now’.

    try to see it if you can. at least it will purge your mind of the drivel that is ‘britz’

    here is a review of ‘paradise now’ on amazon.com.

    Amazon.com
    Two men, best friends from childhood, are summoned to fulfill their agreement to be suicide bombers for the Palestinian cause. Khaled and Said (Ali Suliman and Kais Nashef, both making striking film debuts) believe fervently in their cause, but having a bomb strapped to your waist would raise doubts in anyone–and once doubts have arisen, they respond in very different ways. Paradise Now is gripping enough while the men are preparing for their mission, but when the set-up goes awry and Khaled and Said are separated, it becomes almost excruciatingly tense. The movie passes no judgment on these men; impassioned arguments are made for both sides of the conflict. This is a work of remarkable compassion and insight, given the shape and sharpness of a skillful thriller. Its psychological portrait goes beyond the Palestinian/Israeli conflict and resonates with fanaticism and oppression throughout the world, be it related to a religious, nationalist, or tribal cause. A stunning film from writer/director Hany Abu-Assad. –Bret Fetzer

  3. There are two movies/series I would recommend (one already mentioned) Paradise Now (Academy Award nominated film) and Sleeper Cell (Emmy nominated mini-series about an American Muslim FBI agent infiltrating a terrorist cell).

    ~Tuan – Indonesian American Muslim

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