Hollywood Movie About Christchurch Shooting Outrages New Zealanders

Why even make a movie about this?

Just show Brenton Tarrant’s livestream on the big screen.


A planned Hollywood film about the Christchurch mosque massacre has drawn a sharp backlash in New Zealand, with Muslims denouncing the director’s decision to focus not on the community’s pain and resilience, but instead on the response by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

More than 60,000 people have signed a petition calling for the movie to be shut down. Ms. Ardern released a statement distancing herself from the film, which she said she had not been consulted on. The mayor of Christchurch said that the movie’s crews would not be welcome in her city, and one New Zealand producer dropped out of the production on Monday.

Some Muslims said the film, as proposed, would exploit their trauma and engage in “white saviorism” by making Ms. Ardern the central character.

“It’s really intensely hurtful,” said Guled Mire, a Fulbright scholar at Cornell University who is a member of New Zealand’s Muslim community. He added that he and others had learned of the movie only through social media. “The grief is still very raw for a lot of the victims, their families and for the community as a whole.”

The film, announced on Thursday, is called “They Are Us,” taking its title from Ms. Ardern’s comments about the Muslim community after the 2019 shootings at two mosques, in which more than 50 people died. It would star the Australian actress Rose Byrne as a grieving Ms. Ardern.

She doesn’t really look like her.

Much less horse-like.

But I’m sure she’s good at crying.

The film’s director, the New Zealand screenwriter Andrew Niccol, told Deadline that “the film addresses our common humanity, which is why I think it will speak to people around the world.” He added, “It is an example of how we should respond when there’s an attack on our fellow human beings.”

While Ms. Ardern has been praised globally for her compassionate response to the massacre, Muslims in New Zealand said the movie’s focus on her was part of a long pattern in Hollywood of marginalizing minority populations.

“It was quite shocking to see that, in 2021, we are still making these films which you would probably see in the 1920s or ’30s in Hollywood, where white saviors go into the desert,” said Ghazaleh Golbakhsh, an Iranian-New Zealand writer, academic and filmmaker. “It all kind of harks back to this kind of colonialist and Orientalist fantasy.”

I actually like Niccol.

He has a shockingly okay filmography. He wrote The Truman Show, which is one of our favorites and one we always recommend for people trying to better understand modern society.

He wrote and directed Lord of War, which was awesome and had a lot of different underlying themes to consider (both left and right).

However, this movie he wants to make about Tarrant and Ardern is clearly intended to just be an anti-white jack-off. I can’t imagine he would have the nerve to include any nuance in it – and if he did have that nerve, it couldn’t possibly be made.

So, a good filmmaker making an anti-white emotional manipulation movie would obviously be good for the global anal-feminist agenda. But they’re shutting it down because… saying that white people help brown people is racist? I guess?

It’s hard to understand what is even being communicated here, frankly. What is “white savior”? What does it mean?

It is actually an amazing story, and one that could be told in a lot of different ways. It would be more or less impossible to portray Tarrant as totally evil, given that he was so driven by romantic vision. My thinking is that the movie was going to just start with the aftermath of the shooting, not deal with Tarrant at all, and just show Jacinda’s love mission.

Remember that she converted to Islam?

Then she told all the police to covert to Islam?

That part of the story is amazing in itself.

But yeah – white savior.

What is it?

If Moslems don’t need a white savior, then why do they come to white countries to live on welfare?