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The Breadwinner

by Nora Twomey (runtime: 94')

To mark the International Day of the Girl Child, the United Nations, European Week of Action for Girls, Mission of Canada to the EU and the Embassy of Ireland screened: ‘The Breadwinner’

The Breadwinner film cover Parvana is an 11-year-old girl who lives under Taliban rule in Afghanistan in 2001. After the wrongful arrest of her father, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy to support her family. Working alongside a friend, she soon discovers a new world of freedom and danger. Drawing strength from the fantastical stories she invents, Parvana embarks on an epic quest to find her father and reunite her family.

For more on the film, click here.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Nora Twomey – Director of ‘The Breadwinner’
  • Áine Hearns – Director of the Conflict Resolution Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland
  • Sietske Steneker – Director, UNFPA Brussels Office
  • Moderated by Carlos Jimenez – UNRIC


With an introduction by the Canadian Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg Olivier Nicoloff and the Irish Ambassador to Belgium Helena Nolan.

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