Date: Thursday, February 12th
Admission: $15 ( Tickets Here )
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, 11215 Brooklyn
For nearly twenty years the author and documentary maker Jon Ronson has undertaken a series of extraordinary adventures. He infiltrated Bohemian Grove – the fabled shadowy cabal where world leaders undertake a berobed ceremony in front of a giant stone owl. He followed David Icke as he promoted his theory that the shadowy cabal are actually giant blood drinking lizards that have adopted human form. He was the first man ever to rummage through Stanley Kubrick’s belongings. He uncovered the Men Who Stare At Goats – the secret US military unit that attempted to teach Special Forces soldiers supernatural powers. Now the Morbid Anatomy Museum will be showing rare screenings of the highlights of Jon’s documentary career, with a talk and a Q&A by Jon after each one.
Tonight’s film, Jon’s first film – a year (1996) with the militant Islamist Omar Bakri Mohammed, as he attempts to turn London into an Islamic State. It’s unexpectedly absurd and funny and slapstick. Ronson chauffeurs Omar Bakri to Office World so he can get his ‘Islam: The Future of Britain’ photocopies done. He takes Bakri fishing with other Islamic fundamentalist leaders who get annoyed with him: “How are you going to fight the Jihad, Omar Bakri, if you can’t hold a fish?” He watches as Omar attempts to invite Osama Bin Laden to London for a conference. Bu post 9/11 this is a really eye-opening film – an inside look at a fledgling terrorist campaign – a world that’s about to change and nobody knows it.