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Angelina Jolie wants Irish animation to give 'strong message about empowerment'

The film tells the story of a 12-year-old girl who dresses up as a boy in order to work and provide for her family in Afghanistan.

Jolie at the Department of State in Washington DC in June.
Jolie at the Department of State in Washington DC in June.
Image: Manuel Balce Ceneta AP/Press Association Images

THE MAKERS OF a new animation that is being executively produced by Angelina Jolie have said the actor wants the film to send “the strongest message possible on the plight of people living under oppression or conflict”.

Cartoon Saloon’s The Breadwinner is due to be released next September. The film tells the story of 12-year-old Parwana, who dresses up as a boy in order to work and provide for her family when her father is arrested in Afghanistan.

Together with her best friend, Shauzia, she risks discovery to try and find out if her father is still alive.

Jolie met Cartoon Saloon’s co-founder and Breadwinner director Nora Twomey in London recently to discuss details of the movie.

“[Jolie] firmly believes in the film and is very excited about it. She is really involved in giving feedback and advice on an issue that she deeply cares about,” Cartoon Saloon’s Chief Operations Officer Catherine Roycroft said.

She really works hard for education and empowerment for women in the Middle East so wants to push the film and send out the strongest message possible.

“To make the film as authentic as possible, we’ve used the voices of people who either come from or were born in Afghanistan for the characters.”

unnamed Source: Cartoon Saloon

The film, a co-production between Cartoon Saloon, Canada’s Aircraft Pictures and Luxembourg’s Melusine Productions, will go to Canada for post-production early in 2017 before being premiered next September.

Cartoon Saloon, which is based in Kilkenny, will hold a career advice workshop for second and third level students at Art Source in the RDS this Friday.

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