Fund for films to boost West-Islam understanding

January 16, 2008

Jordan’s Queen Noor at Alliance meeting in Madrid, 15 Jan 2008/Sergio PerezThe Alliance of Civilisations is setting up a $100 million fund to make films to promote harmony between the West and Islamic countries.

Queen Noor of Jordan told a meeting of the Alliance in Madrid that the fund’s backers included Richard Branson, YouTube and the company that produced “An Inconvenient Truth” by Al Gore.

“They say ‘perception is reality’ and that ‘seeing is believing’. So let us find a way to show the world something that will change their perceptions and ultimately their actions,” she said.

Movie buffs tell me $100 million will hardly get the Alliance into the blockbuster category. It might do for three or four films, though. Any ideas out there for story lines? Stars?

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