/ Source: NBC News
By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

When three courageous Pakistani 11-year-olds, Saadi, Amna, and Kamil, suddenly find themselves with new superpowers of super-sight, super-speed, and super-hearing, they are determined to finally save their families and friends from the criminal overlord and thugs that have been wreaking havoc over their small town. These young superheroes of Pakistan’s first full-length feature animated film, “3 Bahadur,” created by Pakistan’s first Academy-Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, are winning battles and hearts not only on screen, but also in the community.

"Almost 3 years ago, I had an intense desire to create an animated feature in Pakistan which would appeal to Pakistani children everywhere,” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy told NBC News. “As a nation, we have stopped producing quality content for our children. All of our content is imported and thus our youth grows up with mentors and heroes that are far removed from what they see around them in real life.”

Lush with images of everyday life in Pakistan, Obaid-Chinoy also hopes the film will “engage, empower and motivate today’s youth.” After students in Karachi previewed selected scenes from “3 Bahadur,” 85 percent of the children said that they would like to make a positive difference in society.

“If I had Amna’s powers, I would save my country from danger,” said one girl student, “These characters represent all the children of Pakistan.”

And not just Pakistan. “I believe that ‘3 Bahadur’ will resonate with children beyond Pakistan,” said Obaid-Chinoy about the film’s potential reach. “Children from across the world, particularly Asia, will feel an immediate connection and sense of empathy towards the 3 Bahadur as they encounter, and eventually defeat, forces that are similar to those experienced by youth today."

“3 Bahadur” will be released May 22, and is also available in comics form.