The best superhero stories are all about inspiring people, and the first trailer for Burka Avenger, the first-ever animated series produced in Pakistan, certainly does that. Created by Haroon – one of the bigger pop stars in the country – the series will be about a burkha-wearing superhero called Jiya.
The animation comes with the definite intention of inspiring young girls in the country, as Jiya uses books and pens as her main weapons (in her day job, she works as a teacher at an all-girls school). By day she wears whatever she likes, but at night she dons a burka as her disguise and goes out to fight and defeat the people who want to shut down the school she works for.
The show carries the deliberate moral message that female education is important, something which carries a very important political edge to it. Pakistan has struggled in the face of Taliban attacks on schools where women are taught, as the group oppose the very idea of women being allowed an education of their own. The show will see Jiya go on the attack, thwarting their plans at every turn and inspiring as many people as possible in the process.
Debuting in August on the Geo TV channel, here’s the trailer for the series: