Angelina Jolie is lending her support to the Canadian co-produced film “The Breadwinner”.
Jolie serves as an executive producer for “The Breadwinner”, which tells the story of Parvana, a young Afghan girl living under the Taliban regime.
Parvana cuts her long hair and disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family after her father is imprisoned.
The film is based on the children’s novel of the same name by Deborah Ellis and was recently endorsed by Malala Yousafzai for its depiction of strong and courageous women.
Jolie released a statement on her involvement with the film, citing the importance of the film’s subject matter: “I am proud to be a part of this beautiful film with this timely and very important subject matter. Millions of girls around the world have to grow up before their time, working to provide for their families at a very young age and in difficult circumstances.”
Hoping to reach a wide audience with the movie, Jolie added, “They have the strength to do what no one should ask little girls to do.”
At the helm of “The Breadwinner” is the Oscar-nominated team behind “The Secret Of Kells” and “Song Of The Sea”.
Jolie also highlighted the film’s artistic and unique animation style. “As much as it is an important and very meaningful film, it also stands on its own as a great piece of art,” she said in her statement. “Director Nora Twomey and her team have done something very special. They have breathed life into the characters and paid respect to the subject matter and to a country where women often struggle.”
The film, which is set to be released this fall, is a co-production between Canada, Ireland and Luxembourg.
Also due out in the autumn on Netflix, is the Jolie-directed drama “First They Killed My Father”, on the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia.