Sunday, 5 March 2017

Adaptation Film Programme : Persepolis (2007)

Persepolis (2007) is an animation which was co-written and directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi. Paronnaud is a french comic book artist and film-maker, his other noticeable works include 'Chicken with plums' and 'Raging blues'. Born in 1970 La Rochelle. Satrapi has worked with Paronnaud in the more recent film 'Chicken with plums'. Born in 1969 in Iran, she is a graphic novelist and a children's book author. Her novel 'Persepolis' (2000) was later adapted onscreen several years later.

Set in 1970's Iran, the film follows the autobiography of Marjane Satrapi. Her harsh child-hood and most of her adult life being subject to the tyranny of Islamic fundamentalists. Everything is censored to some sort of degree and the people are not safe even from their own government. Satrapi is sent away to Vienna to start a-new and away from the bleak cruelty of her homeland.

This film touches upon the fragile subject of the Iran plight of governments and the re-precussions of their proceedings on their own people. Crushing the freedom of speech and the will of individuality. I would recommend this film to those seeking to gain knowledge of this time through the eyes of one instead of many. If you have seen 'Waltz with Bashir' I would infer this would help construct an even more in-depth look upon Islamic culture.

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