The Breadwinner (2017)
Director: Nora Twomey Run Time: 107 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2017
Starring: Laara Sadiq, Noorin Gulamgaus, Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya
Country: Ireland, Canada, Luxembourg, United States, Japan, United Kingdom, France
Screening as part of a Cartoon Saloon retrospective.
A selection of the studio’s shorts accompany this feature presentation.
“Directly confronts the misogyny and chauvinism of contemporary Afghanistan, while powerfully suggesting that storytelling is both a means of coping and a solution for change”
– Peter Debruge for Variety
About the film:
The third Academy Award-nominated feature from the Irish animation studio.
Official Selection of Toronto International Film Festival 2017. Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 90th Academy Awards. Based on the 2000 novel by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner is a celebration of children – whatever their age, wherever they live.
In 2001, Afghanistan is under the control of the Taliban. When her father is captured, a determined young girl named Parvana disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia, she discovers a new world of freedom—and danger. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents as she embarks on a quest to find her father when everyone else has given up hope.