Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Highly recommended

Persepolis is a 2007 Academy Award-nominated animated film based on the autobiographical graphic novel of the same name. The film was written and directed by Marjane Satrapi (author of the novel) and Vincent Paronnaud. The story begins just before the Iranian Revolution. Shown initially through the eyes of the nine-year-old Marjane, it shows how people's hopes for change were slowly dashed as the Islamic fundamentalists took power, forcing head coverings on women and imprisoning thousands; the story ends with Marjane as a 21-year-old expatriate. The title is a reference to the historical city of Persepolis.

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