Wellington: A new film proposal allegedly to hail New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's leadership afterwards the tragic incident of mass murder of 51 Muslims by a white supremacist inside a mosque in Christchurch has been called out for the insensitiveness involved in the film.
The film titled 'They Are Us', taken from Ardern's famous speech following the massacre, is reported to be seen Australian actor Rose Byrne as Ardern, is set to be directed by New Zealand film-maker Andrew Niccol and produced by FilmNation, a report in The Guardian read.
Some influential New Zealanders came out calling the decision to bring the incident on the screen exploitative, insensitive and obscene.
Meanwhile, Ardern's spokesperson sent out a message clarifying that the Prime Minister did not have any involvement with the proposed film. One of the critics of the move said that while many of the victims of the brutal attack still are struggling financially and trying to build their life once again, the decision to make a film on their tragedy seemed taking advantage of the situation.
Apart from social activists, several injured in the attack are also expecting a better response from the government in regards to the film.
There are dissensions among many countrymen for yet to provide mental health support to the victims for the trauma they had undergone and the financial compensations. Besides, critics have also cried out for not holding any officials accountable for their failings.
Another critic said that those behind the film are trying to present the attack and subsequent events in a white saviour narrative.
Taking to Twitter Local producer Ahmed Osman said that the film akin to glorifying the most tragic and traumatic incident ever happened in the country. "While we are at it, why don't we make [a] film about the failings of the police and the SIS [Security Intelligence Service]. The monitoring of innocent Muslim and our community, the consistent harassment and racial profiling we go through," he asked.