Making Movies With a Message
Be it Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” or “Monty Python’s Life of Brian,” any film that takes on the subject of religion is bound to stir controversy.
Filmmaker Hanung Bramantyo’s latest film, the enigmatically titled “?,” is a study of the role and state of Islam in modern Indonesian society.
Released on Thursday, the film was stirring up heated debate and protests long before it ever reached a projection room or darkened theater.
But for Hanung, a director known for exploring religion’s role in modern society in his movies, all this hubbub is old hat.