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DIRECTOR Nora Twomey
VOICES Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Noorin Gulamgaus, Laara Sadiq
In Taliban-ruled Kabul, 11-year-old Parvana must disguise herself as a boy to provide for her family after her father’s imprisonment in this powerful tale of perseverance.
This Oscar-nominated animated parable of empowerment and perseverance tells the story of 11-year-old Parvana who lives in Taliban-ruled Kabul. When her father is put in prison, Parvana has to disguise herself as a boy so she can venture out alone and become the breadwinner for her mother and siblings. This is a remarkable, enchanting tale about the power of stories to inspire hope for older children and adults alike.
(2017 Ireland / Canada / Luxembourg 93 mins)
Further proof that we are living through a golden age of animation is provided by this Oscar-nominated marvel from Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon, the studio behind The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea … adapted from Deborah Ellis’s much-loved YA novel, it’s a tale of youthful fortitude in Taliban-era Afghanistan … Flitting between a mythical past and a down-to-earth present, the story is full of scary monsters – from fantastical demons to all-too-real landmines and brutal beatings. Yet The Breadwinner looks through the eyes of a resilient young girl whose courage is our guide. Along with the eerie beauty of the animation there is a salving streak of humour that softens this tale’s sharper edges, reminding us that – for children – laughter and bravery walk hand in hand. Mark Kermode, The Observer
BBFC advice: Contains moderate threat and violence
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