13 September 2012 7:23 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

As violence across the Middle East increases in reaction to the poorly-acted, low-budget, English language, Muhammad-mocking film Innocence of Muslims, so too does murky, confusing controversy over the identity of the director and the involvement of Southern California-based members of the Egypt-based Coptic Church.

The release of an Arabic translation of the film, which was originally posted in English to YouTube in July, was coincidentally timed to the anniversary of Sept. 11. The Associated Press first reported Tuesday that the the film’s director was a Jewish California-based real estate developer named Sam Bacile, and then the AP tracked down a man in Cerritos, »

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