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   Cathy Jones Aaron McKenzie Fraser    Gina Yashere
The Breadwinner featuring Live Music by Qais Essar


Oscar-nominated animated film The Breadwinner is equal parts thrilling, enchanting and inspiring, a tale about Parvana, a headstrong young girl in Afghanistan who disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family. Based on the children's novel by Canadian author Deborah Ellis, the film is a portrayal of the power of stories to sustain hope through dark times. A live rabab and tabla performance of music inspired by the film by Afghan instrumentalist Qais Essar opens the show.

Author Deborah Ellis and producer Andrew Rosen will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening.

Directed by Nora Twomey (2017).

Live music performance: 3–4pm
Film screening: 4:30–6:45pm

Qais Essar is a contemporary Award-winning Afghan composer, instrumentalist and producer who channels his melodic designs through the rabab, a 2,500 year old instrument from Afghanistan. He has toured extensively, sharing his new genre of music nationally and internationally. His first LP, The Green Language (2014), quickly became an Amazon #1 bestseller, followed by his second LP, Tavern of Ruin in 2016. He has contributed original music to feature films also. In 2017, He earned a Canadian Screen Award nomination for "Best Original Song" for his piece “The Crown Sleeps” for the Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated film, The Breadwinner .

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