The Breadwinner: Angelina Jolie’s fable
Text Simone Mosca
Stating that women are forbidden from working is an oversimplification given that the restrictions imposed by the Taliban forbade women also from reading, hence why 11-year old Parvana is forced to disguise herself as a boy in order to work, read and simply exist. This is the story narrated in The Breadwinner, the 2002 global success penned by Canadian writer Deborah Ellis (published in Italy by Fabbri), which became the first novel of The Breadwinner trilogy and is about to be released in cinemas turned into an animated featured dedicated to the courageous Parvana. A Cartoon Salon feature directed by Nora Twomey, it was executive produced by the socially committed Angelina Jolie who recently wrapped directing her latest work, First they killed my father, a Netflix feature about the Khmer Rouge’s campaign of genocide in Cambodia. Set in contemporary Afghanistan, the young Parvana of The Breadwinner lives in Kabul and, in order to provide for her family following her father’s arrest, she has to resort to dressing as a boy. Screened at the Toronto Film Festival, the 18th edition of Turin’s View Conference, the VFX Computer Graphics Conference, will host a world presentation of the making of the film with technical director Mark Mullery taking part as special guest to reveal how the animation is a combination of past and future, involving hand-drawn techniques realized by over a hundred artists combined with 21st Century technology.