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"Wham! Bam! Islam!" Documentary to Spotlight Islamic Superheroes "The 99"

PBS affiliates will be airing Wham! Bam! Islam! on October 13, 2011 as the kickoff to the 10th season of the series Independent Lens. The documentary examines the efforts of Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa to bring his comic book superhero series The 99 to American shores in both an ongoing monthly comic book format and an animated series. The series centers on a set of 99 heroes from a variety of faiths and cultures, each of whom is supposed to embody one of the names or virtues of Allah. The documentary will highlight both positive and negative reactions to the series, with President Barack Obama praising the series as an example of the former and New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser denigrating The 99 as “indoctrination to impressionable Western minds” as an example of the latter.

The full trailer to the documentary follows:

While the animated series was originally set to premiere on the Hub Network in the United States, the series has still not aired in any form, although a new teaser video was released in March 2011:

For more details on the documentary, including airtimes and PBS affiliates screening it, visit the Wham! Bam! Islam! mini-site at PBS.org.

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