A mini-series featuring a female character of the Muslim faith is available today, Wednesday June 8, on Disney+. An inclusive program that feels good, especially since Muslim characters are underrepresented in the entertainment world.
Marvel is honoring a Muslim superheroine in a mini-series airing today on Disney+. We follow the adventures of Kamala Khan, an American-Pakistani high school student passionate about the Avengers (and more particularly Captain America), who lives in a fairly strict family in Jersey City, New Jersey. As she struggles to find her place in high school, her life changes when she discovers that she has superpowers.
Societal themes in a colorful universe
Camped by Canadian-Pakistani actress Iman Vellani, aged 18, the character plunges us into a funny, dynamic and very colorful universe. “When we read the comic, we saw that it was very flashy. We like these colors. We especially wanted to get into the head of this character of Kamala Khan, who always has his head in the clouds”, explains to BFMTV Adil El Arbi, one of the two directors of “Miss Marvel”.
The series addresses several themes related to adolescence such as the family, the transition to adulthood, integration into school or the impact of the judgment of others. A refreshing “feel good” project that points to today’s society and the challenges faced by teenagers.
A female and Muslim character, something new
But if its release is such a beautiful event, it is also because the characters of the Muslim faith are rare on the screen. A study by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California highlighted the invisibility of Muslim characters in entertainment.
After studying 200 popular films from the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand released from 2017 to 2019, researchers estimated that less than 2% of prominent characters were Muslim.
This is why directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are proud to honor a female and Muslim character in Hollywood. “It’s a great honor. It’s a character that makes us think of ourselves, they told BFMTV. There is a whole generation of girls who will see a character that looks like them”.
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