THE BREADWINNER (12A) – 2017 Eire/Can/Lux 94 min

Director: Nora Twomey
Stars: Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Laara Sadiq

Image from filmBased on the acclaimed children’s book by Deborah Ellis and from the animation studio who made Song of the Sea, Image from filmThe Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, a young girl growing up in Taliban-controlled Kabul. Image from filmAfter her father is imprisoned, she must disguise herself as a boy to get food for the rest of her family. Image from filmHer struggles to do this are mixed with the story she tells her little brother giving a multi-layered, beautifully designed picture of the lives of ordinary people in war-torn Afghanistan.

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David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 12 July 2018

Shows start at 2.30 and 7.30 pm, ticket prices £8.50 & £7.00 (concessions).
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THE PRINCE OF NOTHINGWOOD (15) – 2017 France/Germany 85 mins – subtitled

Director: Sonia Kronlund
Featuring: Qurban Ali, Sonia Kronlund, Salim Shaheen

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The director and often star of 110 films over 30 years, Salim Shaheen is the biggest fish in the tiny pond of Afghan film: as he puts it, “Nothingwood”. Exuberant and tireless, with a lifelong love of Indian cinema (and sweet tea), we follow him to screenings and a mountain shoot in Bamyan. This is a world where army units provide location security – and are then roped in as extras – actresses are chaperoned by their fathers, and divine providence trumps health and safety. Picture from film.
This fascinating and hilarious doc celebrates the defiance of a shoestring film industry and their audience against the shadow of the Civil War and the ongoing Taliban threat.

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Plus a BRIT School Showcase film, screened in partnership with the School’s Film & Media Production department. For this film we are showing From Thought to Foot (U) (3.21 mins), directed by Molly Hart and George O’Regan.

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 13 February 2018

Show starts at 7.30 pm, ticket prices £8.50 & £7.00 (concessions).
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