Burka Avenger

baBurka Avenger, produced by Unicorn Black is a multi-award winning 3D animated TV series and the first ever animated superhero series made in Pakistan. The protagonist of the show is Jiya, an inspirational school teacher whose alter ego is the super-heroine Burka Avenger. Her use of books and pens as weapons is symbolic on many levels. The Burka Avenger fights for Justice, Peace and Education for all.

By day Jiya works as a teacher in an all-girls school, but by night she dons a black burka as her disguise and fights crime in her fictional city. The parallel to Clark Kent and Superman are obvious. But what is so very interesting is that Jiya uses the female garment of repression as her cloak of power, the burka, to become a super-heroine.

The crime she fights might be the closing of an all girls school or an attack on the school. One episode featured on the web site is “Burka Avenger Fights Polio” in which Jiya saves the polio vaccinations for the city’s children–stolen by those who resist change and medication. The symbolism is hard to miss in this 22-minute episode. Jiya uses skills of martial arts and clever strategy to overcome those much stronger and vicious than she.

Most fascinating to me is how this super-heroine is loyal to her city with a compassion and empathy that motivates her heroic actions. Who else could perform such acts of courage than a young woman in a burka?

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