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Actor Mel Gibson. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Ankara – In the city of Antalya, southern Turkey, shooting the film “Islamophobia” has kicked off with the participation of many actors, including stars from Hollywood.

The film aims to shed light on the tolerant reality of Islam and to counter Islamophobia that has spread in the West. The filmmaker and cinematographer, Omer Sarikaya, oversees the filming in the historical and tourist sites of Antalya, with the participation of artists and stars from 48 countries.

The final part of the movie will be filmed in the Netherlands, after finishing the scenes in Turkey. American actor Adam Dormi will play the role of “Omar”, the hero of the film while Armenian actress Hripsime Sargsyan plays the role of “Nina”.

Hollywood stars including Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin, Jackie Chan and Mel Gibson are also taking part as honorary guests in the film, which highlights the values ​​of peace and security advocated by Islam.

Turkish filmmaker Omer Sarikaya told the Anadolu news agency that the film crew has come a long way in terms of the project, which focuses on “Peace and Forgiveness,” noting that 85 percent of the film will be shot in Antalya and the rest in the Netherlands.

He added: “In this movie, we are keen to define the tolerance and mercy of Islam for the whole world, and we will prove that terrorism is not linked to Islam,” noting that all the film’s revenues will be allocated to relief work and humanitarian aid around the world.

Sarikaya continued: “Representatives from more than 18 countries are now working with us, and actors from more than 48 countries will join us to work on proving the reality of Islam to the world, and that it is the religion of security, mercy, compassion and peace.”

He also said that the film will be screened for the first time in 2018, and will be preceded by concerts and events, in Antalya, and later in the United States.

For his part the star of the film, Dormi said that the movie contains very important messages, as it seeks to refute the prior and faulty judgments about Islam. Dormi pointed out that among the film’s goals is defining the tolerance of religions, and breaking prejudices and false allegations that raise people’s fears around the world.

Sargsyan also said the film sends important messages to humanity, and that she will be honored to partake in any film that contributes to the dissemination of the values ​​of beauty and peace.