Theo van Gogh

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Theo van Gogh

Theodoor "Theo" van Gogh (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈteːjoː vɑŋ ˈɣɔx]; 23 July 1957 – 2 November 2004) was a Dutch movie director, movie producer, columnist, author and actor. He was born in The Hague, Netherlands. His great-great uncle was artist Vincent van Gogh.

Van Gogh worked with the Somali-born writer and politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali to produce the short movie Submission (2004), which criticized the treatment of women in Islam. On 2 November 2004 Van Gogh was murdered by Mohammed Bouyeri, a Dutch-Moroccan Muslim in Amsterdam. He was 47 years old.

The last movie Van Gogh had completed before his death, 06/05, was a fictional exploration of the assassination of Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn.