Join us for an Advance Screening of Wham! Bam! Islam!
Presented by ITVS, KQED, and the Skoll Global Threats Fund
In 2003, Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa — Kuwaiti psychologist, graduate of Columbia Business School and father of four young boys — had an idea: create a comic book series with roots in Islam and Islamic culture. Al-Mutawa came up with the concept of The 99: a team of superheroes, each one exemplifying one of the 99 attributes of Allah. His motivations were both entrepreneurial and idealistic — The 99 would exemplify the Islamic virtues of compassion, understanding, and tolerance – qualities not often associated with Islam by the West. Within the Islamic world, Al-Mutawa hoped these new role models would counter the growing tide of political and religious extremism. But when Al-Mutawa launches the comic series, he runs up against suspicion from Muslims and the harsh realities of the global marketplace.
Light refreshments: 6:00 PM
Screening 6:30 PM
Post-Screening Discussion 8:00 PM
Isaac Solotaroff, Director of Wham! Bam! Islam!
Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, Creator of The 99, featured in the film
Free and open to the public. Reservations required.
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Your RSVP does not guarantee you a seat
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