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the breadwinner

Angelina Jolie to produce Irish animation

The Hollywood star will be working with Cartoon Saloon.

ANGELINA JOLIE PITT will act as executive producer on upcoming animated feature The Breadwinner.

Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon will co-produce the film.

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The Breadwinner is based on the internationally-acclaimed young adult novel of the same name by Canadian author Deborah Ellis and will be directed by Nora Twomey, who co-director the Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells.

It tells the story of Parvana, a young girl living under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, who must disguise herself as a boy and become the breadwinner of the family when her father is unfairly imprisoned.

Jolie Pitt funds a girls’ school in Afghanistan.

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.

“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,” Jolie Pitt said.

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She is currently in post-production on By The Sea, a drama she wrote, directed and stars in with Brad Pitt that will be released by Universal later this year.

In 2014, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai told the New York Times The Breadwinner “reminds us how courageous and strong women are around the world.”

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