Parvana, the breadwinner

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Parvana, the breadwinner

by Nora Twomey




Director : Nora Twomey, based on the novel by Deborah Ellis

Script : Anita Doron

Editing : Darragh Byrne

Artistic supervisors : Reza Riahi, Ciarab Duffy Animation, Fabian Erlinghäuser Univers visuel, Jeremy Purcell

Music : Mychael Danna, Jeff Danna

Voices : Golshifteh Farahani, Mina Khosravani, Behi Djanati, Ataï Hamidreza, Ebrahimi Zar, Amir Ebrahimi, Payam Madjlessi, Alexandre Abibzadeh

Production : Anthony Leo, Andrew Rosen, Paul Young, Tomm Moore, Stephan Roelants

Distribution : 
Le Pacte
5, rue Darcet 75017 Paris
tél : 01 44 69 59 59

Year : 2017

DCP, Color, 104 mn, French Version



In Afghanistan, under the Taliban regime, Parvana, eleven years old, grows up in Kaboul, ravaged by the war. She enjoys listening to the stories told to her by her father, a public reader and letter writer. But one day he is arrested and Parvana’s life changes forever. For without the protection of a man, she can no longer work, earn money or even buy food. Parvana then decides to cut her hair and dress up as a boy in order to help her family. Running the risk at every moment of being uncovered, she remains determined to find a way to save her father.

“Through television news, flash reports on the radio or even simple conversations around them, children are exposed permanently to the world’s tragedies. And adultes should neither hide or mask this reality, nor to protect them, put up a barrier which, in the end, only frightens them even more... Understanding a conflict and its consequences avoids adopting ready-made, hasty opinions... what is happening in Afghanistan is so complex... The film explores this complexity, by asking a certain number of questions without all the same giving ans- wers.” Nora Twomey





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