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Theo van Gogh

Theodoor "Theo" van Gogh ( 23 July 1957 – 2 November 2004) was a Dutch movie director, movie producer, columnist, author and actor. He was born in The Hague, Netherlands. His great-great uncle was artist Vincent van Gogh.


Van Gogh worked with the Somali-born writer and politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali to produce the short movie Submission (2004), which criticized the treatment of women in Islam. The last movie Van Gogh had completed before his death, 06/05, was a fictional exploration of the assassination of Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn.

On 2 November 2004, Van Gogh was murdered by Mohammed Bouyeri, a Dutch-Moroccan Muslim in Amsterdam. He was 47 years old.

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