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Burka Avenger
2.45 pm, Saturday, August 22 

12.30 pm, Saturday, August 22
Year: 2014
Language: Urdu
Running Time: 70 Minutes
Rating: Festival Rating
Director: Haroon
Film Festivals & Awards: Winner of the Peabody Award in 2013, Winner of the International Gender Equity Prize at Prix Jeunesse International Festival, Named by Time Magazine as one of the most Influential Fictional Characters of 2013
Synopsis: "Special Cinema Edition exclusive for IFFM 2015" Burka Avenger is set in the fictional town of Halwapur in northern Pakistan. It features a super heroine who wears a burqa as a disguise to conceal her identity while fighting villains. Her alter ego is Jiya, an “inspirational teacher” at an all-girls’ school. Jiya fights corrupt politicians and vengeful mercenaries who attempt to shut down girls’ schools, using “Takht Kabadi”, a martial art that involves throwing books and pens. The animated series and short film is being praised for promoting women’s education in Pakistan and has received accolade from all over the world.