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Persepolis: Iran’s Islamic Revolution Through The Eyes of a Child

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Amidst the rainy afternoon that was today, Cheri and I streamed Persepolis off Netfix.

Persepolis is an animated tale based on the autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi.  The movie recounts her experiences growing up during the Iranian Revolution in Tehran, Iran.  Through Marjane’s rebellious young eyes, we witness how Iran transformed from a relatively free country to the radical and suppressing country many Westerners view it today.

By using animation that was in the same art style as the novel, the film presents the story flawlessly.  The black and white with the ocassional hint of color allowed Marjane’s interpretation of Iran to come to life in a great way.  This method reminds me of the sorrowful tones portrayed in other works like Schindler’s List or Maus.

Satrapi’s story made me realize that I had almost no knowledge of Iran’s history.  The dichotomy of the fondness she holds for her childhood home versus the spite she feels for the government’s suppresive regime makes me want to explore more about Iran and the Middle East’s rich history.

3.5 / 5

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Written by Eric Spiegel

January 10, 2009 at 3:53 pm