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  • Writer's pictureJames Rutherford

'Persepolis': A Meaningful and Enlightening French-Iranian Animation

Movie poster for the film Persepolis based on the autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi

Based on the autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, “Persepolis” (2007) is an animated French-Iranian drama that follows Satrapi's early life in Iran, as a born rebel and fierce opponent of the Shah of Iran and later the Islamic Republic.

The story follows Marjane from her childhood as a spirited youth spurred on by her burning desire to become a true-to-life prophet, through her tumultuous adolescent years during the Iranian Revolution—when many family and friends were prosecuted and jailed for their political beliefs and acts of civil disobedience.

At heart, Persepolis is the story of an agitator and individualist, dedicated to spurning the unjustified and inequitable policies of the oppressive Iranian regime. Marjane’s tribulations are both heartening and harrowing, providing a striking glimpse into the life of one idealistic young dissident in one very distinct place-in-time. A meaningful and enlightening film-viewing experience highly recommended to discerning viewers.


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