• The Breadwinner (2017)

The Breadwinner

Release Date: November 17th, 2017

DVD Release Date: March 6th, 2018

PG-13 |1 hr 34 min

Plot Summary

Parvana is an 11-year-old girl who lives under Taliban rule in Afghanistan in 2001. After the wrongful arrest of her father, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy to support her family. Working alongside a friend, she soon discovers a new world of freedom and danger. Drawing strength from the fantastical stories she invents, Parvana embarks on an epic quest to find her father and reunite her family.

Cast: Saara Chaudry, Laara Sadiq, Shaista Latif, Ali Badshah, Noorin Gulamgaus, Kawa Ada, Soma Chhaya, Ali Kazmi

Director: Nora Twomey

Genres: Drama , Animated

Production Co: Guru Animation Studio, Aircraft Pictures, Cartoon Saloon, Jolie Pas, Mélusine Productions

Keywords: Family , Police officer , House , Mother , Quest , Father , Relationships , Moving , Transformation , Rescue , Emotional , Inspiring

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Andrew CrumpPaste Magazine

    Twomey gives The Breadwinner ballast, binding it to the real-world history that serves as its basis, and elevates it to realms of imagination at the same time. It’s a collision of truth and fantasy. show more

  • 70
    Screen International

    Twomey’s mastery of colour and exquisite blend of traditional Afghan-inspired imagery with cel animation techniques is not matched by such a confident command of tone, which rarely shifts out of a single mournful register. show more

  • 100
    Sheri LindenThe Hollywood Reporter

    Not unlike her gutsy protagonist, Twomey moves through the charged landscape with extraordinary agility. Combining gripping suspense with a quote from the immortal Persian poet Rumi, she creates a stirring final sequence from the rising chords of terror and resilience. show more

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Nominated Animated Feature Film
Nominated Best Animated Feature Film