In­spir­ing an­i­mated adventure

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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.

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