Angelina to produce film on Afghan girl
Actor-filmmaker Angelina Jolie is set to executive produce The Breadwinner, an animated film centring on a young girl living under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
The film is an adaptation of Deborah Ellis’ young adult novel of the same name, said The Hollywood Reporter. It will be directed by Nora Twomey from a screen story by Ellis and screenplay by Anita Doron.
The story revolves around Parvana, who disguises herself as a boy to become the breadwinner of the family when her father is unfairly imprisoned.
The Breadwinner also showcases culture, history and beauty of Afghanistan. A version of the film will be produced in Dari (one of the official languages of Afghanistan) in addition to the English-language version.
“Millions of young girls like Parvana are growing up today under oppression or conflict, and helping their families to survive in those conditions. This story is a reminder of the immense value of their contribution,” Jolie Pitt said in a statement. “I am delighted to be working with a talented team of artists who I know will do justice to the richness, creativity and strength of Afghan culture and to little girls like Parvana.” The project is slated to begin production in August, and due for completion in early 2017. Aircraft Pictures, Cartoon Saloon and Melusine Productions are producing with producers Tomm Moore and Paul Young.