Nora Twomey, Ireland/Canada/Luxembourg, 2017, 93min
Recommended ages 11 to adult
WITH DIRECTOR Q&A
Animation is Film is thrilled to present the highly-anticipated new film from executive producer Angelina Jolie and the creators of Academy Award®-nominated The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, and based on Deborah Ellis’ best-selling novel.
The Secret of Kells co-director Nora Twomey breathes life into this extraordinary story of 11-year-old Parvana, who finds strength in the love of her family and the power of storytelling. 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. So when her father is unfairly imprisoned, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses as a boy to become her family's sole breadwinner, experiencing a new freedom she has never known as a girl. With war approaching, Parvana does everything she can to support her family, while trying desperately to help free her father. Meanwhile, as her world tumbles into chaos, she tells stories to her little brother, to her friend Shauzia, and to herself, as a source of strength and hope.
Also screened as work-in-progress at Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2017