The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner


A young girl in Afghanistan disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family in this Oscar-nominated animated drama based on the best-selling novel.... More

"In Taliban-controlled Kabul, women and girls are not permitted to leave the house unescorted, to earn money, or to shop for food and supplies in the market. When Parvana's father, a teacher, is unfairly imprisoned, she must disguise herself as a boy to become her family's sole breadwinner. Showing courage and perseverance, Parvana does anything she can to support her family, while trying desperately to help free her father." (Toronto International Film Festival)Hide

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  • Jewel-bright and heart-wrenching. Full Review

  • In its power and its beauty, "The Breadwinner' reminds us that animation can be every bit as much of a medium for adults as it is for children. Full Review

  • Harsh disappointments befall the characters, and they are depicted frankly, but in a way that encourages young viewers to form an affinity with the characters rather than cringe at terror. Full Review

  • It directly confronts the misogyny and chauvinism of contemporary Afghanistan, while powerfully suggesting that storytelling is both a means of coping and a solution for change. Full Review

  • Visually captivating even when it's narratively uneven, the animated film "The Breadwinner" tells the story of a brave girl living in Afghanistan under the Taliban in the lead-up to the 2001 U.S. invasion. Full Review