The 17-minute film by Geert Wilders is called "Fitna," a term used in the Koran and sometimes translated as "strife."
The first part of the movie combines readings of selected Koranic passages with images of the Sept. 11, 2001, destruction of the World Trade Center in New York, the Madrid train bombings, the London Transport bombings and the killing of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh. There are also clips of sermons by Islamist preachers.
The second part focuses on the growing Muslim population in the Netherlands and in Europe, implying that a Muslims have no respect for the freedom of others yet are taking advantage of the freedom they have been given.
The film became controversial long before anyone had seen it, sparking demonstrations in the Netherlands and Muslim countries. Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said he disagrees with the film's equation of Islam and violence, the BBC reported.
"We believe it serves no purpose other than to offend," Balkenende said in a statement. "But feeling offended must never be used as an excuse for aggression and threats."