The Breadwinner

Director: Nora Twomey Year: 2017 Run Time: 94min
Breadwinner (2017)

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.

  • Spotlight Films


Nora Twomey


Anita Doron, Deborah Ellis


Saara Chaudry


Action/Adventure, Drama, Family


English, French



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PG Alberta
PG British Columbia
PG Manitoba
NR New Brunswick
NR Newfoundland and Labrador
NR Nova Scotia
PG Northwest Territories
PG Nunavut
PG Ontario
NR Prince Edward Island
PG Québec
PG Saskatchewan
PG Yukon