The Breadwinner Film – Year 6 – permission required

Dear Parents/Carers,


As we are approaching the end of our topic “Parvana’s Journey”, we would like to watch the prequel to the film, entitled ‘The Breadwinner.’ It is an animation drama in which a young Afghan girl named Parvana disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.


The film has been rated a 12 on the British Board of Film Classification due to the following reasons:



A child is caught amidst gunfire and bombing. Two young children are chased by a machine gun-wielding Taliban member. Prisoners are marched at gunpoint by Taliban soldiers; it is implied that they are to be executed. A man threatens a woman with a knife. Milder threat occurs in fantasy sequences in which a boy encounters fearsome creatures and dangerous storms.


Two women are beaten: we hear the sounds of the impacts but the blows occur off-screen. A man is shot, resulting in his shirt sleeve being covered in blood. A man punches a child in the stomach, knocking her to the ground.

As the above content is quite sparse, having watched the film, we are able to edit out anything deemed inappropriate without disrupting the story leaving the children with an age appropriate version. We believe that it would give them a greater context into the book that we have been reading this term and will provide them with some of the answers that they have regarding the book.


We would like to stress to you all that the conversations behind life in Afghanistan during the war are being had with the children and we are answering any questions that they may have with due care and sensitivity.


If you would like any more information on the film, or would like to see the trailer, please find the link below.


Please indicate on the slip in the letter whether you give permission for your child to watch ‘The Breadwinner’. Please return reply slips by Thursday 13th December 2018.


Thank you for your continued co-operation.


To see the full letter, please click below:

The Breadwinner Film Dec 18