How UAE-funded film The Misfits became anti-Qatar propaganda | Arts and Society News

An Al Jazeera investigative programme has revealed the aspects behind the production of a Hollywood film co-created by an Emirati movie business that has been derided as “immoral” and “absurd” for portraying Qatar as a “terrorist state”.

The Misfits, co-created, filmed, and financed by the UAE-centered FilmGate Production in partnership with Paramount Photos and Highland Movie Group, tells the story of savvy thief Richard Speed, played by Pierce Brosnan, who escapes from a significant-stability US jail and goes on to steal tens of millions from the world’s most secure facilities.

An Al Jazeera investigation, noted by Tamer al-Mishal in the latest episode of the present, Idea of the Iceberg, aired on Sunday, unveiled how the unique script of the film was remodeled into propaganda against Qatar.

In accordance to the investigation, The Misfits – launched in the US in June – mentions Qatar a lot more than 15 occasions, and names authentic Qatari personalities and establishments including Emadi Healthcare facility, the country’s “Lekhwiya” police force, and Al Jazeera.

The film also refers to Qatar as “Jazeeristan” and accuses its citizens of supporting “terrorist organisations” although Abu Dhabi’s mercenaries are depicted as heroes.

The film’s script portrays Qatar-primarily based Egyptian Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi as “the chief of the Muslim Brotherhood and the sponsor of world terrorism”.

A Doha News report published in June cited Egyptian journalist Mohamed Nasser as indicating in a movie posted on the web that The Misfits was absolutely nothing far more than an attempt by the UAE to “destroy Qatar’s reputation”.

A Twitter user, who viewed a leaked duplicate of the motion picture at the time, explained it as “absurd” and not worthy of responses.

Though the film was shot in the UAE, it was reportedly edited to look to have been filmed in Qatar [File: Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

Amending the script

In a leaked exchange, Emirati producers reportedly requested the US manufacturing company to amend the script to contain far more political subjects and propaganda towards Qatar.

According to Al Jazeera’s al-Mishal, a concept despatched to the US producers demanded that a Qatari human legal rights advocate, Abd al-Rahman al-Nuaimi, be described by identify in the movie and that Qaradawi “get an acting scene as well”.

Despite the fact that the film was shot in the UAE, it was reportedly edited to appear to have been filmed in Qatar.

Fiscal backing for the film was also reportedly furnished by a corporation owned by UAE’s national stability adviser and son of UAE’s founder, Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, discovered the investigation.

According to the investigation, Rami Jaber, government producer and co-star of The Misfits, has filed a lawsuit against Emirati companions at a US court next a disagreement in excess of the content of the film.

A leaked audio clip obtained by Al Jazeera confirmed the Emirati producer Mansoor al-Dhaheri, founder and CEO of FilmGate Productions and Al Kalema Productions, offering Jaber significant sums of dollars in exchange for him dropping the lawsuit.

“I’m offering you far more. All the things is Alright from my facet, I really do not have any difficulties. Some $100 million is not an problem for me,” stated Dhaheri in the recording.


Belgian safety resources advised Al Jazeera on Tuesday that Belgium, where Jaber at the moment resides, has opened a probe and is offering protection to him immediately after he acquired loss of life threats subsequent the airing of Al Jazeera’s investigation.

Al-Dhaheri initially agreed to a request by al-Meshal to be interviewed for the programme, but later on did not just take al-Meshal’s phone calls.

In a letter observed by Al Jazeera, al-Daheri’s Al Kalema company also requested modifications of the primary script of the film to involve mentions of the September 11, 2001 assaults.

In accordance to the investigation, American actor Wesley Snipes reportedly turned down an Emirati provide to star in the film because of to its politicised articles directed from Qatar.

The film’s release arrived just months following Qatar and its neighbours renewed ties right after more than 3 many years of a blockade imposed on Doha by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE in 2017.

Qatari and UAE officials held their initial meeting because the detente in February this yr. In January, the UAE resumed air and sea entry points to Qatar.