BY AHMAD UZAIR | Pakistan’s first animated series, a Unicorn Black production, “Burka Avenger” bags the prestigious internationally acclaimed Peabody Award. This is the very first time that a Pakistani production has been presented with such an important award at a global platform. The credit certainly goes to the entire Unicorn Black team and the mastermind behind the show, the ace musician Haroon.
The George Foster Peabody Awards (or simply Peabody Awards) program, named after businessman and philanthropist George Peabody, recognizes distinguished and meritorious public service by radio and television stations, networks, online media, producing organizations, and individuals. This year the award ceremony was held at NewYork on 19th of May.
“Girls’ school being shut down by extremist elements is a real life issue in Pakistan. The protagonist of the show is Jiya, an inspirational school teacher whose alter ego is the super-heroine Burka Avenger. The Burka Avenger wears the Burka as a disguise to hide her identity like super heroes do. Her use of books and pens as weapons is symbolic on many levels. The Burka Avenger fights for Justice, Peace and Education for all.”
Haroon Rashid, more commonly known as Haroon, travelled all the way to USA to collect this award on the behalf of his entire team and attended the ceremony which had some very well-known names from the world of television and media.
Talking to The Instep, Haroon sounded pretty excited about this achievement and said:
“It is an amazing feeling. Burka Avenger is a 100% Pakistani production, from conception, scriptwriting, voiceovers, music, art, animation, etcetera. I produced it with my team at Unicorn Black in Islamabad. We are a small animation studio but we won the award right next to multimillion dollar productions like Breaking Bad and others. That is quite an achievement for Pakistan and a true testament to Pakistani talent “
This is definitely something of great honour that a locally made show has brought home so much success and something to ponder upon for those who have lost hope in the arts and culture of the country, that still continues to thrive under the guidance of some very dynamic and talented brains of Pakistan such as Haroon.
All the best to Team Unicorn Black and everybody out there. Watch out for Season 2 of the show coming soon!