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The Breadwinner

Sunday, Mar 3, 2024 at 1:00 pm

Location: Bartos Screening Room

Dir. Nora Twomey. 2017, 94 mins. DCP. This Oscar-nominated film is based on Deborah Ellis’s novel about a young girl, Parvana, growing up under Taliban’s Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan as the War on Terror begins. When Parvana’s father is arrested, she decides to disguise herself as a boy to help support her family. Working alongside her friend, Parvana experiences more freedom and danger than ever before as she tries to reunite her family. The Breadwinner is from the Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, which created the Oscar-nominated films Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with journalist, producer and teacher Noran Omar and professor Heba Khalil about representation of Muslims and Ramadan in film and other media led by Neighborhood Council member and professor Shireen Soliman.

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free for MoMI members at the Senior/Student level and above. Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.

Noran Omar is a video journalist with 15 Emmy nominations who works at Queens Public Television Station. At the age of 15, she became the youngest Middle Eastern American journalist in New York, garnering recognition from the White House to NBC Studios. Today, Omar dedicates her time to journalism both as practitioner and educator, shaping the future of the field at the Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria during the day. 

Shireen Soliman is an educator, artist, and advocate. Soliman is a professor at Parsons and Pratt design colleges with a focus on fashion, education, art, and design communication.  Shireen also offers workshops and speaks on topics ranging from fashion, art and technology to Muslim-American identity, culture, and representation. Soliman uses her platforms to foster inclusive spaces for storytellers to leverage the power of narrative for increased connection and understanding, through fashion, media, and image.   

Daleelah Saleh is an Egyptian-American multimedia storyteller and Posse alumna from Astoria, Queens. Her work is rooted in a fierce love for her communities and a desire to challenge dominant narratives. She has a degree in film and media studies from Middlebury College, where her research focused on the representation of Arab and Muslim women on-screen. She’s currently a video producer at WNYC’s The Greene Space and a freelance journalist at The Queens Ledger.