As we are approaching the beginning of our new 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 line, leaving the children with an age appropriate version. We believe that it would give them a greater context into the book that we are going to be reading this term and will provide them with some of the answers that they will have regarding the book.
We would like to stress to you all that the conversations behind life in Afghanistan during the war will be had with the children and we will be 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.
If you are not comfortable with your child watching the film ‘The Breadwinner’, please return the slip attached to the letter which has been sent out today by Monday 4th November 2019. Otherwise, there is no need to return a slip.
Thank you for your continued co-operation.