Bilal: A New Breed of Hero is an Arabic 3D computer-animated action-adventure film produced by Barajoun Entertainment. The story is by Ayman Jamal, with screenplay by Alex Kronemer, Michael Wolfe, Yassin Kamel and Khurram H. Alavi. With this film, Jamal aimed to depict ‘real-life’ heroes from the rich history of the Arabian Peninsula. He has pursued this project for over 7 years. BILAL premiered on the 9th of December 2015 at the 12th Annual International Dubai Film Festival, and was released later on throughout the MENA region starting September 8, 2016. It has received positive reviews and much box office success. It has won “The Best Inspiring Movie” on the Animation Day during Cannes Film Festival and “Best Innovative Movie” at the BroadCast Pro Middle East Award. “BILAL” is also nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards or “APSA”, the region’s highest accolade for film. APSA winners will be announced on the 24th of November 2016 in Brisbane, Australia.
The film is directed by Khurram H. Alavi and Ayman Jamal who has also served as the producer, alongside Arif Jilani & Gene Lim as the Executive Producers. “BILAL” is edited by Patricia Heneine, with assistant editing and story/script duties by Nour Cheikh Alard.
It depicts the life of Bilal ibn Rabah, who, known for his beautiful voice, freed himself from slavery and rose to a position of prominence in 632 AD. The voice cast features Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ian McShane, China Anne McClain, Jacob Latimore, Thomas Ian Nichols, Fred Tatascoire, Cynthia Kaye Williams, John Curry, Dave Mitchel, Michael Gross and many more.
Barajoun Entertainment employed world class talent from around the globe to adhere to high quality industry standards, developing its own unique pipeline that caters to Barajoun’s unique visual flair. Set some 1400 years ago, in a region which was then known as Hejaz, “BILAL” tells the story of a young Ethiopian boy who dreams of being a great warrior. One fateful day, Bilal and his sister Ghufaira are abducted and taken to Makkah where they are sold to one of the most powerful Merchants of Arabia, Umayya. Having spent countless years under the tyranny of his master, Bilal, now a grown man decides to raise his voice and make a change.