The Breadwinner

In cinemas May 25

Subject links

  • English
  • Citizenship
  • Human Rights
  • PSHE Education
  • Social

For ages

  • 11–16
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About the resource

The Breadwinner: Raise Your Words is a brand-new resource, which weaves English, PSHE and citizenship through creative writing. 

Created for 11-16 year olds, it celebrates the cinema release of The Breadwinner on Friday 25 May, the resource explores how to harness the power of storytelling to unite and inspire in times of change.


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Based on the bestselling novel by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner is a stunningly unique, Oscar-nominated animation from the studio that bought you Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells.

Executive produced by United Nations Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, the film tells the story of Parvana, a young girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. Parvana disguises herself as a boy to earn money and support her family after her father is wrongfully arrested. It is an emotional and compelling tale of one girl's bravery, perseverance and commitment to family.


Download the resource now and inspire your students to raise their words through the power of storytelling.


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About this film

From executive producer Angelina Jolie and the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, The Breadwinner is the highly-anticipated animated feature based on Deborah Ellis’ bestselling novel. Inspiring, enchanting and timely, the film tells the story of an 11-year-old girl’s bravery and resilience growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan.


Nora Twomey


Kawa Ada, Ali Badshah, Saara Chaudry, Noorin Gulamgaus, Shaista Latif, Laara Sadiq


12A Classification