The Breadwinner


93 minutes – Animated, Children
Festival Release: September 2017 (TIFF)
Release date: November 24, 2017
Canadian distributor: Elevation Pictures
US distributor: GKIDS

A Canada-Ireland-Luxembourg co-production, The Breadwinner is based on Deborah Ellis’ award-winning novel and breathes life into the extraordinary story of 11-year-old Afghan girl Parvana, born into an ever-changing world of conflict and oppression, 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. When Parvana’s father, a teacher, is unfairly imprisoned, she must disguise herself as a boy to become her family’s sole breadwinner. Showing courage and perseverance, Parvana does anything she can to support her family, while trying desperately to help free her father.

Over 200 artists, animators, and actors worked on this animated feature which had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in a Special Presentation. The Breadwinner was nominated for a 2018 Academy Award.

The Breadwinner, movie, poster,



Anthony Leo
Andrew Rosen
Paul Young
Tomm Moore
Stephan Roelants

Executive Producer:

Angelina Jolie
Gerry Shirren
Mimi Polk Gitlin
Jon Levin
Regina K. Scully
Eric Beckman
David Jesteadt
Mary Bredin
Frank Falcone
Karim Amer
Jehane Noujaim


Nora Twomey


Anita Doron


Darragh Byrne


Jeff Danna
Mychael Danna

Production Designer:

Ciaran Duffy
Reza Riahi

Cast: Roles:

Saara Chaudry
Soma Chhaya
Laara Sadiq
Shaista Latif
Ali Badshah
Kawa Ada
Noorin Gulamgaus
Kanza Feris
Ali Kazmi
Kane Mahon
Reza Sholeh
Mran Volkhard

Sorceress / Woman in courtyard
Darya / Fruit juice vendor / Jail warden
Kiln Owner
Fruit Seller / Guard Man on Bike / Teenage Boy #2
Market seller