Monday, May 08, 2006

THE CONSPIRACY GAME

L.A.-based screenwriter, director and author Brian Godawa has created his own response to the rampant untruths of The Da Vinci Code—make fun of it. His six-minute film "The Conspiracy Game" takes the form of a gameshow in which three contestants are told the truth, and then challenged to come up with their own twisted conspiracy.

"I'm not a fan of boycotts," notes Godawa, "so after hearing the concerns of many in the faith community I decided to write and direct a piece that illustrates the fact that so many attacks on God and religion are often projections of one's own personal prejudice or political agenda, which is ironic because that is what religious people are most often accused of."

He says that while Da Vinci may be an interesting work of fiction, it's historical and theological validity is on the level of UFO abductions, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. But more significantly, it is like the hate-filled "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," written by an anti-semite to "expose" a non-existent conspiracy of a cabal of Jews to take over the world.

"Demonizing conspiracies like these tend to feed irrational bigotry against religion," Godawa says. "The game show was a fun way to get at the insane ideas that the book purports to present as fact. Dan Brown is a fiction writer, but when he claims to impart historical facts is when he gets into trouble. The difficulty with the film and the book is that he cleverly mixes fact, fiction and anti-Christian bigotry. Our short film will help bring that prejudice out onto the table for discussion."

For a limited time, Godawa's film can be downloaded free at TruthSeekerFilms.com.

Related links:
DITCHING "DA VINCI"
DON'T "DA VINCI" -- GO OVER THE HEDGE
DEBATING "DA VINCI"
THE "DA VINCI" HOAX
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