The 2019 Christchurch attack left many people scarred. It was definitely a dark incident for not just the Muslims in New Zealand but the Muslim community across the globe. However, one thing that was worth noticing after the attack was the compassionate approach of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern towards those influenced by the attack.
Recently, a movie titled ‘They Are Us’ is in the making, which will focus on PM Ardern’s response to the mosque shooting. The title is drawn from PM Jacinda’s words on the dark day. The leader was lauded by people across the globe for labeling the attack by a white supremacist as ‘terrorism’. What shocked people even more was how she united her country in such a tough time.
Muslims, on the other hand, are against the film. The spokesperson for the Muslim Association of Canterbury, Abdigani Ali said that the Muslim community of New Zealand agrees that the leader deserves praise and recognition, but now isn’t the right time.
He said that even now, there are many people who are grieving the loss of their loved ones. He agrees that the story needs to be told, but he added that the issue has to be tackled carefully.
Ali said that New Zealand still has to go a long way in recognizing Islamophobia’s existence in society and hate speech laws.
On the other hand, PM Ardern has distanced herself from this project. She said that the government has nothing to do with it.
Muslims are questioning the focus of the story. Some are saying that it is not an ‘inspiring story’, but is rather a tragedy, and should be centered around Muslim victims and their families.
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