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The Breadwinner

Parvana is a young girl growing up in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule. Girls and women are expected to be fully covered at all times and not to be seen in public without a husband or close relative. One day, while they are on the street selling possessions to pay for food, her father makes one of the young Taliban soldiers angry, and the next day they arrest him and send him to prison. Parvana decides to cut her hair and pass as a boy to support her family and get her father out of prison. This film is exceptional; I discovered that this film is from the same “family” as Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. It is clear in the beautiful and colorful animation and its effective use of folklore to tell their stories. The Breadwinner tells a wonderful, empowering story while providing an honest look at what it is like living under Taliban rule and in countries that do not value women and girls. Big thumbs up for a film that Eliza and I both loved and provides yet another example of how animated film can communicate the stories of the lives of people who live so far away.

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