.. today a slight reminder for the animation which won this year’s jury prize in Cannes and the the black and white comic book of iranian born Marjane Satrapi on which it is based. Persepolis, the drawn novel tells the autobiographic story of the author about her childhood in Iran before and during the Islamic revolution. While the now to be released animation movie seemingly will be – at least partly – in color the earlier published book is drawn as a strictly black and white composition and tells its story in several episodes.
While the movie has been dismissed as to support Islamiphobia of the West by the Iranian officials the author of the book and the film wants to have the focus on the humanitarian, and not solely political aspects (link).
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|Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran: of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life and of the enormous toll repressive regimes exact on the individual spirit. Marjane’s child’s-eye-view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a stunning reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, through laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.||
illustration from the comic novel “Persepolis” / via randomhouse