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Duarte-based nonprofit behind film permit for 'Innocence of Muslims'

A Duarte-based Christian nonprofit pulled the filming permit to shoot an anti-Muslim movie that has been blamed for violent protests in Libya and Egypt, according to Deputy City Manager Karen Herrera.

A trailer for "Innocence of Muslims" depicts the the prophet Muhammad in a negative light and has sparked anger and condemnation around the world since it was posted on YouTube, then translated into Arabic and reposted earlier this month.

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Herrera said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials told her that Duarte-based Media for Christ pulled a permit to shoot the film last year, but she stressed the the film was not shot in that city as some media have reported.

FilmL.A. Inc., which coordinates film shoots around Los Angeles county, said the movie, under the working title "Desert Warriors," was shot in Los Angeles County in August 2011, including a day of shooting at Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in Santa Clarita.


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