For now, I won’t get into the politics on why this animated film wasn’t more heavily promoted, but the trailer to this movie looks fantastic! The first fully Middle Eastern-funded and produced CGI-animation film, Bilal is inspired by the life of Hazrat Bilal bin Rabah, the Ethiopian slave and companion of the Prophet Muhammad “Peace Be Upon Him” (PBUH), whose valor was considered nothing short of legendary.
The film tells story of an authentic hero who has earned his place in time and history. It follows a young boy with dreams of becoming a great warrior who along with his sister is abducted and taken to a land far away from home. Catapulted into a world where greed and injustice runs rampant, Bilal searches for the courage to allow his voice to be heard, while showing the resolve to make a change for equality.
Personally, I haven’t seen or heard about any film that accurately depicted any major Islamic historical events, but this animated film about the life of Hazrat Bilal bin Rabah certainly looks insightful and noteworthy. I think the biggest challenge for the film is that it is undeniably a religion-based movie; however, how much of it’s religious aspects will be toned down to appeal to a broader audience outside of the Middle East, while making film-goers aware of it’s existence.
The orignal storyline is by Ayman Jammal and the screen play is by Alex Kronemer, Michael Wolfe, Yassin Kamel and Khurram H. Alavi. The voice action of the hero is done by Jacob Latimore and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. The film is scheduled to premiere in the United States on February 2nd.
A new American trailer was released for the film this week. Check it out below and share your thoughts!