This is a film about how and why 12 drawings in a Danish newspaper could whirl a small country into a confrontation with Muslims all over the world.
Danish director Karsten Kjaer travels to Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, Qatar and Iran to meet leading Muslim clerics who spoke out against the perceived insult to their Prophet and urged action upon their followers. In Iran he meets a professional revolutionary who took part in the action against the Danish Embassy. He, like others, had never seen the cartoons: to those Karsten Kjaer shows them for the first time, and discusses their meaning.
What are the views of these leading Muslims on the fundamental democratic values such as freedom of speech, critical debate and the tolerance of other views? And were the demonstrations and Embassy burnings really spontaneous? What limits should there be, if any, to freedom of speech in a democracy?