The Breadwinner, an Afghan fable

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An animation masterpiece that manages to tell with poetry what has been one of the bloodiest conflicts of recent years. Nominated for an Oscar last year, The Breadwinner is arguably one of the best Middle East-themed movies on Netflix.

The Breadwinner

Parvana is an eleven-year-old girl who grew up under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan in 2011. When her father is unjustly arrested, the young woman disguises herself as a boy to support her family. With stubborn determination Parvana draws strength from the stories of her that her father told her and finally risks his life to find out if he is still alive.

Talking drawingsThe Breadwinner

Throughout the film there is an obsessive attention to drawings and colors, expertly designed to make us fully immerse in the magic of Afghanistan. The film is in fact also a real tribute to Afghanistan and its millenary culture, which has seen the likes of Alexander the Great, Cyrus of Persia, Rumi and Genghis Khan alternate over the centuries.

A treasure that is often overlooked and that the film shows us several times, making anyone fall madly in love with this country. The variation of drawings between Parvana’s story and those she told is also very interesting, yet another magic for her eyes.

Hatred and love in the time of the TalibanThe Breadwinner

However, the film also carries out a very important social criticism, showing us the Taliban regime in all its crudeness, but without wanting to generate amazement in the viewer. We see the absolute intention of showing the cruelty of fanatics without spectacularism, and this is what gives the work more weight.

The intention of the director is in fact to show the absurd meanness of man, so blinded by dogmas that he does not realize what is happening around him. To act as a counter-altar to cruelty, however, we find the enormous humanity of the inhabitants, forced against their will to lower themselves to the rank of armed beasts. A sense of sweetness which is also the director’s hope for a new beginning, to make Afghanistan flourish again as in the time of ancient stories.

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