The Breadwinner

Nora Twomey
Ireland/Canada/Luxembourg · 2017 · 93 min
In English

The Secret of Kells co-director Nora Twomey breathes life into this extraordinary story of 11-year-old Parvana, who finds strength in the love of her family and the power of storytelling. In Taliban-controlled Kabul, women and girls are not permitted to leave the house unescorted, to earn money, or to shop for food and supplies in the market. So when her father is unfairly imprisoned, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses as a boy to become her family’s sole breadwinner, experiencing a new freedom she has never known as a girl. With war approaching, Parvana does everything she can to support her family, while trying desperately to help free her father. Meanwhile, as her world tumbles into chaos, she tells stories to her little brother, to her friend Shauzia, and to herself, as a source of strength and hope.

Film also screened as work-in-progress at Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2017

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  • Nora Twomey

    As a co-founder and Creative Director at Cartoon Saloon, Nora Twomey oversees the development of the company’s slate of productions, such as Puf n Rock, the preschool series narrated by Chris O’Dowd and acquired by Netflix. Nora directed the multiple-award-winning short films From Darkness, and Cúilín Dualach (Backwards Boy), and was co-director of Cartoon Saloon’s […]
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