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Qalbox first to debut Burka Avenger in English

November 2, 2022

Muslim streaming service, Qalbox, has acquired Emmy-nominated animation series, Burka Avenger, entirely dubbed in English.

Burka Avenger is a 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.

“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, 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.”

“It is an honour 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.

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