- An award-winning animated hit series in Pakistan about a female teacher who fights for education and justice is now available on Qalbox in English.
Burka Avenger is a groundbreaking children’s animated series from Pakistan that introduces a burqa-clad superheroine as a lead character. Produced by acclaimed creator and director Haroon Rashid from Unicorn Black Studios, the series has been viewed over 200 million times and was named one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential Fictional Characters in 2013 – winning six international awards.
“What platforms like Qalbox do is that they help to break down barriers, build bridges, dispel some of the stereotypes against Muslims and then one can see, okay, well, you know, the truth is, no matter what your beliefs are, we’re all really the same people with the same goals which is peace and love,” says Haroon Rashid, series creator and director of Burka Avenger at Unicorn Black.
“We’re very excited that Burka Avenger is streaming on Qalbox. And it’s the first time it’s streaming in English. The English versions are absolutely spectacular!”
Burka Avenger shares the adventures of a passionate school teacher by day, Jiya, and burka-clad alter ego by night – all in the name of female empowerment, justice, peace and education for all by using books and pens as projectile weapons.
Fara Abdullah, the co-CEO at Bitsmedia said, “The cartoon uses ironic symbolism – the burqa, which is commonly regarded as a symbol of subservience, is considered as strength, and Jiya uses books and pens as weapons, implying that knowledge is the most powerful form of weapon of all.”
“Burka Avenger is a stunning show from both an animation and storytelling perspective. We are always on the lookout for shows with themes that Muslims could resonate with,” Fara added.
“It is an honor for us to be the first streaming platform to exclusively offer this show in English for our global Muslim audience to enjoy,” said Nik Emir Din, co-CEO of Bitsmedia.
As of today, Bitsmedia has been through the screening process of more than 5,000 hours of content and partnered with dozens of content providers from all corners of the world, including the US, Canada, UK, Germany, UAE, France, Austria, Malaysia, Singapore, and more.
Qalbox viewers can now stream Burka Avenger in the Muslim Pro app on both iOS and Android devices, as well as on the web app. Users may also cast directly on their TVs or through a chromecast device. New users can enjoy a 7-day free trial which also gives access to the full features of the Muslim Pro app such as the adhan ad-free.
About Our Partner
Unicorn Black is a multi-award winning transmedia production company (including Peabody Award winner and International Emmy nominee). Unicorn Black’s pioneer project is the critically acclaimed and multi-award winning Pakistani 3D Animated TV Series Burka Avenger which has made headlines worldwide. Unicorn Black strives to combine education with entertainment via its productions to engage, empower and inspire viewers. These include animated videos promoting peace and tolerance in society and Public Service Messages (PSMs) to educate the youth. Founded and run by producer, director and music star Haroon, the company works on a wide range of creative and innovative production and tech projects. Unicorn Black has a staff of over 70 full-time employees with our office located in Pakistan.
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