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The Breadwinner

Director Nora Twomey
Year 2017
Run Time 94min
Genre Animation, Drama, Family
Parvana (Saara Chaudry) 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 be able to get a job and help to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of freedom and danger.

With courage and imagination, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family. The Breadwinner is an inspiring and beautifully animated tale about the power of stories to sustain hope and carry us through dark times.

The Breadwinner has been nominated for 38 international awards, including six Canadian Screen Awards and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.


Nora Twomey

Twomey is an animator whose credits include directing the Oscar-nominated The Secret Of Kells, as well as producing the Oscar-nominated film Wolfwalkers . She also created the popular and long-running children’s show Puffin Rock. She most recently directed the animated features My Father’s Dragon and The Brilliant World of Tom Gates.


Anita Doron, Deborah Ellis


Soma Chhaya, Noorin Gulamgaus, Saara Chaudry


Animation, Drama, Family


Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, History, Literary Adaptation, Social Justice & Politics, Strong Female Leads

Original Languages

English, French

Language Versions


Canadian Distributor

Elevation Pictures