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60 countries to screen hit cartoon

Pakistan\'s \'Burka Avenger\' set to go global

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Arab Today, arab today Pakistan\'s \'Burka Avenger\' set to go global

Press event for Burka Avenger in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Saturday
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Press event for Burka Avenger in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Saturday Rawalpindi – Arab Today Pakistan\'s new cartoon superhero who fights bad guys disguised in a flowing black burka is set to go global, her creator told AFP, with plans afoot to broadcast the show in 60 countries .
The Urdu-language animation Burka Avenger, which follows the adventures of a mild-mannered teacher who uses her superpowers to fight local gangsters trying to close down the girls\' school where she works, hit Pakistani TV screens last month.
The kids\' action-comedy struck a chord in a country where Taliban militants have prevented thousands of girls from going to school in the northwest and attacked activists campaigning for their education.
The man behind Burka Avenger, pop star Haroon Rashid, said he had been overwhelmed by the response.
\"The reception has been absolutely phenomenal, beyond our expectations,\" he said.
\"We were making this little animated TV series for Pakistan but it seems like the whole world wants to know about the Burka Avenger.\"
A TV distribution company in Europe has been in touch with a view to translating the show into 18 languages, including English and French, and screening it in 60 countries, Rashid said.
The issue of girls\' education in conservative, militant-plagued northwest Pakistan hit world headlines last October when Taliban gunmen shot teenage activist Malala Yousafzai.
Malala, who campaigns for the right of girls to go to school, survived the attack and last month delivered a powerful speech at the UN in New York.
Rashid said Malala was a \"real life superhero\" for her courage and said the attack on her had come as they prepared an early episode of Burka Avenger.
\"We were all stunned because we were working on the exact same story about a little girl who stands up to the bad guy who tried to shut down her school,\" he said.
\"I had never heard of Malala before then - it was like life was imitating what was on our screen while we were developing.\"
Nearly half of all children in Pakistan and almost three quarters of young girls are not enrolled in primary school, according to UN and government statistics published late last year.
Jiya, the teacher and cartoon\'s protagonist, transforms into a burka-clad all-action heroine skilled in martial arts to fight against \"ignorance and tyranny\" in the fictional village of Halwapur.
Armed only with books and pens, she takes on the wicked Baba Bandook and his henchmen, who include Vadero Pajero, a corrupt politician - something adult Pakistanis are all too familiar with.
There has been lively debate in Pakistan\'s English language press about whether Jiya\'s choice of disguise is a sign of empowerment or promotes something used to oppress women.
But Yousaf Ejaz, the show\'s artistic director, said the inspiration came from his childhood.
\"I was a big fan of Batman, and my grandmother, she had a burqa,\" he said.
\"So back in the childhood when she was away, we would steal her burqa and act like Batman, wearing that burqa: \'I am Batman, look at me!\'
\"So it was one of the inspirations that kicked in when I was talking to Haroon about early ideas of the Burka Avenger.\"

Source: AFP

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