Persepolis is the exuberant and critically acclaimed story of an Iranian girl's self-awakening, as she experiences the emotional travails of adolescence against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. Based on the autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, the film's beautiful black-and-white animation is a striking reminder of the power of the drawn image.
Having initially faced criticism from the Iranian government, the film subsequently won the 2007 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize and has been widely praised for its portrayal of the repression suffered by the Iranian people under the regime of the Shah of Iran.
The screening will be introduced by Iranian human rights lawyer Kaveh Moussavi, who will address some of the themes raised by the film and discuss his work with the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center and the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation.
Praise for Persepolis