Monday, May 7, 2012

{Inspiration: Persepolis}

Persepolis is an animated film directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi based on the latter's graphic novel of the same name, winner of the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

Made in black and white, the film is about a girl, Marjane, living in Iran during the Iranian Revolution.  

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. - (x)

Making women wear niqabs/ hijabs, sexist remarks made by men and a series of laws created by the Iranian government are some of the topics featuring on the film.

I think I'm going to watch this again. Yes, I like it that much.

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