Nora Twoemy, 94 min, Animation/ Drama/ Family, in English with Arabic
subtitles, Canada, 2017
From the creators of
Oscar nominee, Song of the Sea, and executive producer Angelina Jolie, based
on the worldwide bestselling novel One Girl’s Journey, The Breadwinner
follows the story of eleven-year-old Parvana who lives with her family in the
Parvana adores her schoolteacher father who tells her fables from
Afghanistan’s past but who was unfortunately wrongfully arrested and taken to
prison by the Taliban. Given the latter’s strict rules regarding women’s
place in society, Parvana cuts off her hair and disguises herself as a boy in
order to provide for her family.
With dauntless perseverance, she draws strength from the stories her father
used to tell her and ultimately risks her life to discover whether he is
still alive in a beautifully told story with rich characters and deep
“The Breadwinner” was nominated for the Oscar Award and Golden Globe Award
for Best Animated Feature Film as well as Best Film at London Film Festival.
It has won Best Animation Award at Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the
Critics Award for Best Animated Feature at Toronto Film Critics Award, the
Canadian Screen Awards for Achievement in Music, Achievement in Sound Editing
and Adapted Screenplay, the Audience Award at Monstra International Film
Festival and the Audience Award at Leeds International Film Festival.
It has won the Audience Award and Crystal Award at Annecy International
Animated Film Festival, the FIPRESCI Prize at Bratislava International Film
Festival, the César Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Animated Film,
the Lumière Award for Best Screenplay and Best Animated Film, the Most
Popular Feature at Melbourne International Film Festival, Best Animated Film
at San Diego Film Critics Society, the Audience Award at San Sebastian International
Film Festival and at Warsaw International Film Festival and the Swiss Film
Prize for Best Film and Best Music.