Islam: What the West Needs to Know is a 2006 documentary film produced by Quixotic Media. According to the producers, the film is an examination of Islam and its violence towards non-Muslims.
It features discussions using passages from religious texts and includes commentaries by Robert Spencer, Serge Trifkovic, Bat Ye’or, Abdullah Al-Araby, and Walid Shoebat.
The film premiered at the American Film Renaissance Festival in Hollywood on January 15, 2006, and had a limited theatrical release in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta in summer 2006. The film had caught attention mainly through its distribution via web.
Some have considered the film to be thought-provoking and important, with the Gwinnett Daily Post describing its message as “mind-blowing”. Other reviewers criticised the film as being inaccurate, simplistic and biased and even propagandist against Islam. The Chicago Tribune’s reviewer, Michael Phillips, describes it as a “deadly dull anti-Islam propaganda piece”. The Washington City Paper’s review, Louis Bayard, argues that “If [the directors] Davis and Daly had a little imagination, they might see that the devil they’re chasing isn’t Islam but fundamentalism, which assumes many forms.”
A film review by The Charlotte Observer, which does not accept or reject the film’s thesis, is summarized on the back cover of the video wrapping with the phrase, “…if their central thesis is true — and it’s worth considering — then this is the most horrific film of the 21st century so far.”