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.