Freedom Films VII: Persepolis – 1st May 2019

Persepolis is this month’s curated Freedom Film Club film

The story of this animated film follows a young girl as she comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution.

Based on Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel of the same name, It was written and directed by Satrapi in collaboration with Vincent Paronnaud.

It explores themes including freedom in the face of changing political regimes, amidst cultural movements and what it means to live in different countries, all through the lens of a coming of age drama.

Born in 1969, Satrapi’s passage from childhood to adulthood coincided with her country’s own passage from Shah through revolution to Islamic state. Outspoken and disruptive as a smart schoolgirl in the new Iran, Satrapi was sent to a school in Vienna, where she discovered music and men and struggled with the bourgeois apathy of her ‘anarchist’ schoolmates. – Time Out

Adolescence is fueled by universal desires and emotions, having little to do with government decrees. – Roger Ebert

The film has been critically acclaimed, winning the Prix du Jury at Cannes, and has had its own share of controversy, especially in Tunisia where many cheered its liberal stand against religion and oppression, whilst others saw it as heretical, not least for a scene in which the young heroine speaks out to a God depicted as she imagines him, seen by some as violating an Islamic rule against personifications of God in art.

We view films and discuss them from 1900-2200pm UK time.

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