Inspiring animated adventure
The Breadwinner is the story of a gifted storyteller trying to save her father.
Set in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul, The Breadwinner is a thrilling animated tale about an 11-year-old girl called Parvana whose life is turned upside down by the Taliban, a violent anti-government group.
The story helps bring to light the impact that the Taliban has had on children growing up in Afghanistan. In the film, Parvana’s dad is arrested and taken away by members of the Taliban. When Par van a sets out with her mum to find him, they are stopped by the Taliban but, despite this, Parvana refuses to give up.
The film-makers used different styles of animation to showcase various storylines. Animator Janis Aussel drew cut-outs of Parvana battling skeletons and armoured warriors to bring to life a fable that Parvana invents about a boy who stands up to an Elephant King. “Every single element would be cut out and redrawn... to get the perfect look,” said The Breadwinner’s director, Nora Twomey.
Paul Young, the head of Ireland-based animation studio Cartoon Saloon, which created
The Breadwinner, says that the film’s visual style is more realistic than any other movie the studio has created so far. The artists were even able to recreate the “honey light” – the phrase used by many Afghans to describe the Sun’s distinctive morning glow in Kabul.
The original book by Deborah Ellis was published in 2000. It was adapted for the film by Anita Doron, who had spent a lot of time studying Afghan history.
The Breadwinner is an exciting animation that will open your eyes to a totally different way of life. It will open in cinemas on 25 May. To see the trailer, go to tinyurl.com/TWJ-breadwinner
Parvana hopes to rescue her father.