Sunday, October 9, 2011

Trailer of the Week...


Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, a Kuwaiti psychologist, created THE 99, the world's first Muslim comic superheroes. His creation has its roots in Islam and in his belief that Muslim children need heroes. The concept of THE 99, a team of super heroes, is based on the 99 attributes of Allah and has had great success in many parts of the Islamic world. Though not everywhere!

It was banned in Saudi Arabia! But what's really weird is the response in the U.S. According to CNN, Pamela Geller, founder of the Atlas Shrugs blog, called The 99 an "ongoing onslaught of cultural jihad." Andrea Peyser, a columnist for the New York Post warned readers that "Coming soon to a TV in your child's bedroom is a posse of righteous, Sharia-compliant Muslim superheroes - including one who fights crime hidden head-to-toe by a burqa."

Below, take a look at the trailer from "Wham! Bam! Islam!" It will air on Independent Lens on PBS stations on October 13, 2011

BONUS TRAILER!  You'll need to go to Vimeo for this one.  

I knew little about this project and almost nothing about Sebastien Wielmans, the creator, but I think it's a very cool, very compelling idea. Just click on the link to view the trailer. Connected Walls New Trailer
 Also check out Connected Walls Facebook page at:  Connected Walls

On a separate note...
 I have a favor to ask my readers.  I had a request to list HAPPY documentaries.  Hmmm!  We documentarians do outrage, incredulous, sadly creepy, and even darkly funny. We love uproar and chaos is a specialty, but how many of us document happiness and do it really well.  If you have a happy documentary to recommend, please please comment. 

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Virginia,
    I would like to suggest "New York Says Thank You". Premiered at Tribeca April 2011 and aired on Fox MyNetwork in various markets around the US on Sept 10th. It's about New York City firefighters and 9/11 survivors who, every year on the anniversary of 9/11, go somewhere in the US and help rebuild in a community that's been devastated by a disaster, as their way of healing and saying "thanks" for all the help they received from around the country on 9/11. The following year, members of that community join them on their next trip to "pay it forward". Very inspirational, patriotic and heartwarming. Go to Tribeca's site to read about the doc and see the trailer and follow facebook links to see more info. Thanks.
    Bryan Norfolk, Dallas, TX