To mark UN International Day of the Girl 2018, Girl-Kind North East presents a special screening of The Breadwinner, followed by a panel discussion.
Parvana is an 11-year old girl growing up under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana dresses like a boy in order to support her family, and, alongside her friend Shauzia, discovers a new world of freedom and danger. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family.
This luminously animated tale is a celebration both of the power of storytelling to inspire hope, and of the resilience of girls around the world living in repressive, patriarchal societies. Directed by Nora Twomey (Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells) and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, the film is also a demonstration of how female-led film production can provide fresh cinematic perspectives on the lives of girls and women around the world.
The Girl-Kind project aims to give girls a chance to celebrate their achievements, address their struggles and let people know what they’re thinking. Working with groups of Year 10 girls from schools across the North East, Girl-Kind runs workshops to highlight the diversity of girls’ experiences, turning their thoughts and ideas into creative interventions showcased at a Celebratory Event (Saturday 6th October, Northumbria University).
Girl-Kind is held each year to coincide with UN International Day of the Girl – a global event held annually on 11 October, which raises awareness of the rights of the girl, and celebrate girls’ lives throughout the world.
This screening forms part of Girl-Kind’s celebration of Day of the Girl 2018, and will be introduced and followed by a panel discussion, featuring Sarah Ralph (Northumbria University), Sarah Winkler-Reid (Newcastle University), Allison Allan (Network Manager North East for The Girls Network) and Girl Kind NE alumni.
Running Time: 1hr 31mins
BBFC Advice: 12
Director(s): Nora Twomey
Country of Origin: Ireland, Canada & Luxembourg
Year of release: 2017