Jolie to executive produce animated film on Afghan girl

Los Angeles, Aug 12 (IANS) Angelina Jolie has signed on to executive produce the animated film “The Breadwinner”, which centres on a young girl living under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

The film is an adaptation of Deborah Ellis’s young adult novel of the same name and will be directed by Nora Twomey from a screen story by Ellis and screenplay by Anita Doron, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

“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,” Jolie Pitt said.

“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,” she added.

The story is about Parvana, who disguises herself as a boy to become the breadwinner of the family when her father is unfairly imprisoned.

“The Breadwinner” also showcases culture, history and beauty of Afghanistan. A version of the film will be produced in Dari in addition to the English-language version.

The project is slated to go into production in August, and due for completion in early 2017.

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