A wonderful story about being a human being5 min readReading Time: 3 minutes
What better way to celebrate Women’s History month than with 2017’s animated picture, ‘The Breadwinner’. It is a best-selling story about the strongest of women living in the harshest of worlds. The story was first written by, Deborah Ellis, a woman, and then adapted into an Oscar nominated movie by, Nora Twomey, yet another woman. Oh, and did I mention that the movie was also produced by Anjelina Jolie, a woman!
Owliver’s Obscure Observation: The breadwinner has also been adapted to a graphic novel. It uses elements from both the book and the movie to create the perfect blend of stunning visuals and captivating text.
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Meet Parvana. She is a young girl who lives in Kabul with her doting father and lovely mother and sister, but all is not well at all. Afghanistan is being terrorised by the Taliban, and women are the key sufferers of this rule. They are banished to their homes and cannot even leave to get food without a man.
Gangs of scary armed men enforce these oppressive rules, but Parvana’s baba is stubborn. He raises his daughters to see and enjoy the stories of the world. He teaches them to read and write and feels no obligation to get them married off or make them stay at home. However, his liberal acts peeve the local members of the Taliban. How dare this measly, one-legged teacher disobey their grand terrorising rule? So, one particularly vengeful and angry boy throws Parvana’s father in prison.
With no man to protect them, the three women of the house must hatch a plan to bring back their beloved baba while somehow feeding themselves. Watch as Parvana tries to do it all. She disguises herself as a young boy, Aatish, and braves the the terrifying world that constantly threatens to unveil and terrorise her. To do this she taps into her father’s favourite resource: stories.
Owliver’s Obscure Observation: This movie forces you to let go of your desire to fixate on the terrifying terror that plagues it and to root for the little victories of everyday people. As the world hotly debates refugees, this movie shows you exactly who they are: People. People like you and me, just looking for some peace of mind.
As it alternates between the fiery fantasy of Parvana’s tales and the all too real monster of terror, this captivating movie will keep you dreaming and hoping. Its stunning visuals will leave you mesmerised as you stare in awe and hope for the triumph of humanity.
Running time: 1 hr 40 minutes
Directed by Nora Twomey
You can watch this film on Netflix
Watch the trailer for the film below:
Think with Owliver:
Who is a refugee?
Why are women not allowed the same freedoms as men in some places?
Are the women where you live awarded equal rights and freedoms as men?
Who is a strong woman that you know and admire? Have you told them about how they inspire you yet?
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