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March 3rd, 2018
07:09 pm


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The Breadwinner
I watched the animation film The Breadwinner which is based on a novel by Deborah Ellis. The film tells the story of a young girl named Parvana, living in Kabul under the Taliban regime. Her father is arrested and put in jail by the Taliban for no particular reason. There are no other men in Parvana's family consisting of her mother, elder sister and a baby brother. Since women are not allowed take up work or even to go outside their homes, Parvana disguises herself as a boy and takes up small jobs to support the family, and also to try and get her father released. Along with this main story thread, there runs another story, a folk tale which Parvana tells to her brother and friend, which has some parallels with her own life story.

The Breadwinner is a touching film, and the simple but powerful drawings and the colors brilliantly capture the landscapes of Afghanistan, and the emotions of various characters.

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