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The Breadwinner (2017)

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In 2001, Afghanistan is under the control of the Taliban. When her father is captured, a determined young girl disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.

Director:

Nora Twomey

Writers:

Anita Doron (screenplay), Deborah Ellis (screen story) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 19 wins & 52 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Saara Chaudry ... Parvana (voice)
Soma Chhaya ... Shauzia (voice) (as Soma Bhatia)
Noorin Gulamgaus ... Idrees / Sulayman (voice)
Laara Sadiq ... Fattema / Old Woman (voice)
Ali Badshah ... Nurullah / Talib Security Man (voice)
Shaista Latif Shaista Latif ... Soraya (voice)
Kanza Feris Kanza Feris ... Sorceress / Woman in Courtyard (voice)
Kawa Ada Kawa Ada ... Razaq (voice)
Kane Mahon ... Optician / Kiln Owner / Crowd Voices (voice)
Ali Kazmi ... Darya / Fruit Juice Vendor / Jail Warden / Various (voice)
Mran Volkhard Mran Volkhard ... Megaphone / Market Seller (voice)
Reza Sholeh ... Stall Seller / Fruit Seller / Guard Man on Bike / Teenage Boy #2 (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lily Erlinghauser Lily Erlinghauser ... Zaki (voice)
Wamiq Furoghudin Wamiq Furoghudin ... Prison Gatekeeper (voice)
Millad Hamidkohzad Millad Hamidkohzad ... Other Talib Boy / Guard #2 (voice)
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Storyline

From executive producer Angelina Jolie and the creators of the Academy Award nominated The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, comes the highly-anticipated new feature based on Deborah Ellis' bestselling novel. Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of freedom-and danger. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family. Equal parts thrilling and enchanting, The Breadwinner is an inspiring and luminously animated tale about the power of stories to sustain hope and carry us through dark times.

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Genres:

Animation | Drama | Family | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

N: Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some violent images | See all certifications »

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First time distributor GKIDS executive producing a film. See more »

Goofs

According to sources the film takes place in 2001. But the currency used in the film is Afghani which wasn't introduced until 2003. See more »

Quotes

Parvana: What will you do by the sea?
Shauzia: I'd buy things and sell things like I do here but, for myself. There are people who go to the edge of the water to do nothing! They just sit there and they look at the sea with their sunglasses on, or swim about on floating tubes. So, I could sell them those things.
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Chant Accompagné Par Un Ritchak Et Un Zer-Barhali
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Criminally underseen gem
21 February 2018 | by JithindurdenSee all my reviews

This is the kind of film that should be celebrated on account of its various political stands all the while presenting a disillusioned tale of the life especially for women and children in an oppressive society that has been shaped not only due to an idiosyncratic yet terrifying form of fundamentalist religion but also because of the continuous warfare of the Afghan region that always treat them as collateral damage. In a lot of fields, this film surpasses a lot of other films that are being celebrated in 2017 for exactly those fields.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,395, 19 November 2017

Gross USA:

$313,215

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,790,214
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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