Research Blog 6- Angelina Jolie and the Breadwinner

By researching this complex topic, I came across this new production. Angelina Jolie, a humanitarian that has dedicated herself to women’s rights and refugees.

The breadwinner is a tale of a young girl from Afghanistan who dresses and disguises herself as a boy to provide for her family after her father is taken away by the Taliban. This story line is similar to the story lines of others who had their fathers, brothers, and other male relatives taken away at the height of Taliban rule.

However, the bacha posh phenomena shockingly is something that is displayed so blatantly in this animation and in a way has oversimplified the complex issue. Overall, my research seeks to understand the reasons and history behind the bacha posh, but this movie seems to expose and simplify the problem for entertainment purposes.

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