H/T PI Article lifted Verbatim from PI News
Joost van der Valk and Mags Gavan
A Dutch film-making outfit known as Red Rebel Films has recently approached various European and American anti-jihad activists and asked to interview them for a documentary about Geert Wilders. The filmmakers have described their project as an objective look at the Dutch politician, and not an attack piece.
So who are Red Rebel Films? What do we know about their objectivity when it comes to the subject of their upcoming documentary?
According to the Red Rebel website:
RedRebel Films is dedicated to filmmaking that promotes change. We uncover stories that need to be told and produce cutting edge programmes that enlighten, challenge, and provoke opinion.
RedRebel Films is a multi award winning documentary company formed in 2007 by filmmakers Mags Gavan and Joost van der Valk.
Nothing alarming here so far. They are based in London, Cardiff, and Amsterdam. Their experience in film is outlined on their “About” page:
When Mags eventually left BBC and joined forces with Joost, they dedicated their careers to making hard hitting films with a purpose, and set up RedRebel.
Immediately they began making cutting edge current affairs documentaries such as Kashmir’s Missing Men (about the independence struggle in Indian Kashmir).
Their site, however, fails to mention that the film about Kashmir has a pro-Muslim point of view. Does this provide a clue about Red Rebel’s attitude towards Wilders?
When he sent emails to people that he wanted to interview, Joost van der Valk explained that his film company was working on a programme for Dutch Television (VPRO) about the PVV and other similar parties which strongly oppose Islam in Europe.
This may not have been the whole truth, or perhaps it was a way or cover up their intentions. The film or documentary will be only about the PVV and Geert Wilders. There is no other topic.
How do we know this?
On her curriculum vitae, Annemiek van der Hell ([email protected]) reports that she has been working since “April 2010 — Present (1 month) on a documentary by Joost van der Valk on the PVV of Geert Wilders.” [emphasis added, source 1 and source 2, in Dutch]
Red Rebel Films wants its interview subjects to believe that it is planning to make an unbiased documentary that presents only the facts, in an impartial manner. But this is plainly not the case, because at the IDFA (Documentary Film Festival in The Netherlands) they had already made a call for a politically-motivated anti-Wilders film:
Dutch society has experienced some major upheavals in recent years. As Ally Derks, director of IDFA, points out, subjects like the assassinations of Pim Fortuyn and Theo Van Gogh or the political scaremongering of contemporary politicians such as Geert Wilders have been largely ignored by Dutch documentary makers. Nor has there been much drive among filmmakers to explore the problems of immigration, or the growth in support for the right wing. Derks notes that Frans Bromet [well-known Amsterdam-based documentary maker for the VPRO] is currently working on a film about Pim Fortuyn. Even so, she believes that “we [Dutch] don’t have films that deal with hard issues in Holland. [emphasis added, source, English]
So Joost van der Valk and Mags Gavan already regarded Geert Wilders as a “scaremonger”, even before interviewing a single person for their new film.
Despite their assertion that Dutch filmmakers have “ignored” Geert Wilders, a “documentary” had already been made on such an issue in 2005: Welterusten Wilders [Goodnight Wilders or Have a Good Sleep Wilders] by Peter de Baan (2005 / 4min.) [source 1, English, and source 2, Dutch]
Of this film, Peter de Baan said: “Frightened men, who act brave, I hate them. A man like Geert Wilders consists of borrowed emotions, and this movie reveals that not even his hair is real.” [source, Dutch]
This is in the same spirit as the recent (outrageous) “documentary” by the Dutch state broadcaster. On Sunday 25 April, the left wing TV programme Zembla aired Wilders, Prophet of Fear:
While the integration problems of Muslims in Netherlands are decreasing, Wilders radicalises ever further in his remarks about Islam. His dark fear-fantasies about the advance of Islam and his dreams of war and deportation appeal to many citizens. How unrealistic they are; they lead to a climate in which people on the street are about to clash. Few dare to speak out about that, because Wilders has the country in the grip of fear. [source, Dutch]
All the people who make these films are connected in one way or another. People such as Pieter van Huystee, for whose company someone even used the nickname “Wilders” when updating information on LinkedIn.
At this point it should be clear that they all are all Antifa-types and Wilders haters. Their attempts to damage Wilders have so far failed, and now, with their to approach to various anti-jihad activists, they may well be aiming for a film that will smear Wilders’ contacts and supporters abroad, especially in Germany, the UK, and USA.
Expect a Red Rebel hit job on Wilders that tries to discredit him based on the people who support him.