Death Threat

Death Threat is a comic farce about Yasmeen Siddiqui, a young Muslim woman. She has just written her first novel and can't understand why no less than fifty-nine publishers would reject a romantic epic like The Unquenched Wench of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Thinking perhaps she is not controversial enough, Yasmeen sets out to exploit her sweet-natured fellow Muslims in order to get a death threat in the hopes of generating publicity. She deviously succeeds in getting an apparent bounty on her life. To her chagrin, the media becomes patronisingly interested in Yasmeen, the “poor oppressed Muslim woman,” rather than Yasmeen, the talented new kid in Canadian Lit. Meanwhile, the only people trying to kill her are Canadian wheat farmers who could use the bounty money to make up for cutbacks in government grain subsidies. As chaos reigns, three “mullahs” from the Middle East have packed their turbans and are heading for Canada …

Death Threat premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1998.

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