The ViewPoint

The ViewPoint


     ON SCREEN:

     B-roll of an excited audience with announcers voice heard.

                          ANNOUNCER (O.S.)
               A whole new viewpoint is live with
               your hosts Alliah Alliah, Noor
               Sackett, Amina Navidi, and Iman
               Razavi.


     INT. VIEWPOINT TABLE - DAY

     ALLIAH (Loudmouth), IMAN (Sassy hand-talking wildcard), AMINA
     (Stoner blonde) and NOOR (conservative) sit around a communal
     table in hijabs, faces partially shown except for NOOR.

                          ALLIAH
               Hello everyone and welcome to the
               viewpoint, as always praise be to
               Allah for allowing us to be here as
               women to discuss the things Allah
               asks of us...under limited
               supervision.

     On the side, MOHAMMAD holds an AK, signaling them to get on
     with the show.

                          ALLIAH (CONT’D)
               So ladies, what should we talk
               about today?

     Mohammad clears his throat and camera pans to him holding a
     cue card that reads ISIS.

                          ALLIAH  (CONT’D)
                    (defeated)
               Ahh yes ok then. Soo it seems ISIS
               has been doing quite well lately.

     They all talk about ISIS like it's a sports team.

                          IMAN
               Really?! Idk, I feel like they've
               been slippin the last couple
               battles.

                          AMINA
               Yes, it's true...

     Amina looks ditsy.

                          NOOR
               No! They're doing much better now,
               they took Mosul again!

                          IMAN
                    (unenthusiastic)
               Uhh Mosul again!?

                          ALLIAH
               Ahh yes and it only took them three
               days this time!

                          AMINA
               Woooow.

                          IMAN
               That's fast for them, almost as
               fast as my husband marries other
               women.

     Someone throws a rock at her face for blaspheming her
     husband.

     Iman gets the hint and looks defeated.

                          ALLIAH
               Uhh yes, anyway they got some new
               leadership at the company level and
               now they're flying through towns
               like nobody's business.

                          NOOR
               You know it all comes down to good
               leadership. You put the right
               people in charge and they're going
               to make things happen.

     Everyone agrees, the audience claps, and they start to feel
     empowered (daydreaming). Mohammad senses their hope and yells
     at them in Arabic. They stop their dreaming and proceed.

                          ALLIAH
               So let's bring out a woman who
               knows much more than we do, but
               still not more than a man, here she
               is, the first female soldier of
               ISIS.

     All of the women look jealous.

                          ALLIAH (CONT’D)
               Please welcome, Ayesha Taylor.

     AYESHA, White female in camouflage joins the group. She acts
     cautiously with every word.

                          AYESHA
               Hello.

     Mohammad looks excited. All the ladies seem shocked she's
     fair skinned, but still revere her.

                          ALLIAH
               Umm hello, Ayesha, I'm sorry I
               wasn't expecting the uhhh...white.

                          AYESHA
               Yes I know it's a bit odd for me to
               be in ISIS and be from Connecticut
               but you know, Allah works in
               mysterious ways...

     Ayesha nervously laughs then darts to the door. She is
     stopped and put back in her chair by Mohammad.

                          NOOR
               So how is ISIS treating you?!

                          AYESHA
                    (on the edge of tears)
               They are the best! They feed me
               sometimes, I get to go outside from
               time to time, and in between the
               beatings and rapings they are real
               sweethearts. Oh my look, an
               infidel.

     Ayesha points to nothing, camera follows it then turns back
     and sees Mohammad carrying her away screaming. All the girls
     are unfazed.

                          ALLIAH
               So, I almost forgot to tell you
               guys.

     We hear a gun shot. The girls stop for a second then regroup.

                          ALLIAH (CONT’D)
               I've brought with me a surprise.

                          AMINA
               What!?

     Alliah pulls out a drivers license.

                          IMAN
               Oh woooman, you did not!

     All the women look really excited except for Noor.

                          NOOR
               We must burn it immediately!

     Noor moves to grab the ID and Alliah stops her.

                          ALLIAH
               No no no Noor, it's ok, it's ok.
               Isn't it wonderful!?

     Noor inspects it as if it's something out of this world.

                          NOOR
               Your picture looks very plain and
               dull.

                          ALLIAH
               Aww, thank you.

                          AMINA
               So like what kind of car are you
               getting?

     All the women look up day dreaming of beautiful cars.
     Mohammad sees their optimism and clear his throat. He glares
     at Alliah.

                          ALLIAH
                    (relectant)
               Umm I would get a Ford Ex...

     A wrench hits her in the head.

                          ALLIAH (CONT’D)
               Ford Ranger, to help with resupply
               while my husband is on a jihad.
     
     Mohammad nods in approval.

                          ALLIAH (CONT’D)
               We take now a commercial break.

                                                      FADE OUT.


     INT. VIEWPOINT TABLE - DAY

     Everyone sits at the table with ABDUL, more academic than
     terrorist.

                          ALLIAH
               Welcome back everyone and now it's
               time for another guest. I am so
               excited to have today a man whose
               been on Al Qaeda's best seller list
               for 10 weeks in a row! With his
               amazing and inspiring novel Eat,
               Pray, Kill. Please welcome Abdul
               Abdullah.

     Abdul sits awkwardly.

                          ABDUL
               Thank you, thank you everyone. You
               all have very domesticated eyes.

     All the ladies seem flattered.

                          IMAN
               Told ya he was a charmer.

     Everyone laughs.

                          ABDUL
               Silence!

     Everyone shuts up and it gets awkward for a few seconds.

                          ALLIAH
                    (clears throat)
               So Abdul, you are one of the
               leading authors within the
               terrorist community with such best
               sellers as Bomb Making 101, Suicide
               and You, War in Pieces, and
               screenwriter for how to kill a
               grunt in 10 days and twilight.

                          ABDUL
                    (humble)
               Yes.

                          ALLIAH
               How do you come up with all this
               genius?

                          ABDUL
               I really don't think of this as
               genius, our prophet has given me a
               divine gift and I channel his words
               through my writing, there is no
               thought, just do.

                          IMAN
               So you're saying you don't come up
               with any of these books!?

                          ABDUL
               These are the Prophet Mohammad's
               words, he uses me as his vessel to
               get the truth out!

     Abdul affirms his thought with an Arabic saying.

                          AMINA
               Wow, even Twilight?

                          ABDUL
               Especially Twilight.

                          NOOR
               Incredible! Well I want to talk
               about your new book Eat, Pray,
               Kill, can you tell us about it?

                          ABDUL
               Indeed, Eat, Pray, Kill is part
               cookbook,
                    (drops his hardness)
               my eldest wife makes the best
               hilal, we have recipes for beja
               fry, chicken biryani, and hummus
               made from goat anus, delicious...

                          AMINA
               Mmhhhm Anus.

                          ABDUL
               Yes, yes also I include my favorite
               calls to violence from the Quran
               such as "and kill them wherever you
               find them", "kill for me, kill",
               and "if you wear a dress and have
               an animal sidekick, you're a
               princess".

                          ALLIAH
               Oh wow.

                          NOOR
               Beautiful.

                          ABDUL
               Yes, the last one was from Moana
               but I think the message is pretty
               clear.

     All the girls nod in agreement.

                          ALLIAH
               Amazing! Well thank you so much for
               joining us today Abdul, where can
               your followers and newly
               brainwashed recruits be able to
               find this revolutionary book?

                          ABDUL
               A limited signed release will be
               dropped from the heavens in
               Afghanistan and the rest will be
               available on Amazon.

                          NOOR
               Ohh I could only hope to get pelted
               with such divine scripture.

     A copy of the book nails her in the head. She is hurt for a
     quick second, then looks up sincerely.

                          NOOR (CONT’D)
               Oh, thank you.

                          ALLIAH
               Ok, well stay tuned because after
               the break Abdul will join us for
               our hot terrorist pick of the week!

     Commercial break.

                          ALLIAH (CONT’D)
               Hello everyone welcome back. Now
               our hot terrorist of the week goes
               to Razi Almurrahani for his
               execution of the Tazheldi bombings.

     All the women look like they're about to orgasm.

                          ALLIAH (CONT’D)
               Wait ladies, check out these
               numbers 257 deaths, 564 casualties,
               including at least 4 U.S. Citizens,
               one of which was in the military,
               but he died of a heart attack.

                          NOOR
               That one still counts!

     All three girls are shivering.

                          ALLIAH
               Oooh, I think I might need a
               flogging break

                          AMINA
               Yes me too.

                          IMAN
               Ugh Allah, why can't we masturbate!

     Iman gets shot in the forehead with a 3 round burst and drops
     dead. The women look at her shocked, then look up at
     Mohammed, who is holding his AK.

                          ALLIAH
               Well, thank you for watching the
               ViewPoint.

     Mohammad has seen enough and storms to wrangle up the girls
     for execution. They all head offscreen pretending to be
     confident. Amina is crying, Noor turns to her.

                          NOOR
               Don't worry Amina, Allah will
               protect us.

     Everyone heads off screen and the set is left with Abdul
     sitting there alone. 3 AK shots are heard and then a new
     group of four women come out wearing head to toe hijabs. We
     hear the announcers voice come on.

                          ANNOUNCER (O.S.)
               A whole new viewpoint is live and
               it starts now.

                                                 FADE TO BLACK.
     

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