Jeridoo Universe is excited to announce that Bilal: A New Breed of Hero was awarded one of the top 10 best movies of 2018 by IMDB and one of the Best 100 Animated movies of All Time by USA Today.
Bilal: A New Breed of Hero was produced by Ayman Jamal of Barajoun Entertainment. Jeridoo Universe distributed the film in German countries including Austria, Germany, and Switzerland through streaming and DVD releases. They also marketed and dubbed the film.
The film depicts the true-life story of Bilal, who, known for his beautiful voice, was freed from slavery and rose to a position of prestige as a loyal follower of the prophet Muhammad and is considered the first muezzin, a religious leader who recites the call to pray in the mosque.
The story begins with a young Bilal who dreams of becoming a famous warrior. However, he is captured after an assault that kills his mother, a former princess of Abyssinia which is now modern-day Ethiopia. He is then sold to a rich trader in Hijaz named Umayyah.
Hijaz, which is part of present-day Saudi Arabia is during the 7th Century an important trade center where powerful merchants oppress the poor common people. However, Bilal never gives up hopes or his dream of becoming a warrior. He believes he will be free one day, and although Bilal and his sister, a beautiful young girl, spend their childhood under the persecution of Umayyah, their bond remains strong. Both Bilal and his sister miss their mother. To help with the loneliness and captivity, Bilal sings his sister songs which help keep their hope alive.
Bilal grows up to be a handsome and powerful young man, but one day, something happens that will change his life forever. He encounters the master of the merchants, Abu Bakr, but Bilal does not bow down to him like most other people. His desire for freedom is strong which impresses Abu Bakr. Abu Bakr buys Bilal from Umayyah by giving him a fortune. Unfortunately, Bilal's sister is still imprisoned by her owner, Safwan, the son of Umayyah.
After becoming a free man, Bilal becomes the warrior he always dreamed of becoming and is considered to be one of the most reputable men in society. His mentor is named Hamza, who was once a famous warrior, and he is told that everyone is equal. While Bilal manages to realize his dreams, he still longs for his sister who is still held in captivity.
Bilal: A New Breed of Hero took over seven years of intense research and production to bring the story to life, relying on the historical accounts of the time of the time period to bring as much accuracy as possible to the film. It’s a complex film filled with many layers, great entertainment, important life lessons. Critics and film goers agree it is a film to be enjoyed by both children and adults alike.
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