So how did you find the madness of Beirut?
How do you like the juxaposition of the main character Skile's development?
What did you think of the US Embassy staff?
How do you think it shows how recruits get into terrorism?
Do you have art related to this movie?
Well, when I was researching the cause of the Boston bombing, I was looking into the Chechen brothers behind it. I realized in their US attack they were displacing their rage about Russia's treatment of Chechnya. Then I discovered this really interesting photo of a pair of lovers that literally died fighting Putin during the Russia-Chechnya war. So this painting is related to Islamic terrorism from a territory about 15 hour flight away. Chechnya is a mountainous area only recently conquered by Russia in the 1800s and its people have strove for independence ever since. Under Stalin, he tried to placate the rebellions by deporting the whole population to Siberia, which didn't work. After the fall of the USSR, Chechnya briefly broke off of Russia before being reconquered. Putin helped put down a rebellion there and his forces killed the guy above. The couple had recently married after she was 18 pictured above. After her husband was killed, she would never remarry in the conservative tribal culture she was from, so she decided to join the Black Widows, female suicide bombers. She lay down her life to get revenge by bombing the Moscow subway at age 19. As soon as I saw the image on the internet I had to paint it.