Released in 2007, Persepolis is based on Director Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel about her life in pre and post-revolutionary Iran and then in Europe. The film traces Satrapi’s growth from child to rebellious, punk-loving teenager in Iran. In the background are the growing tensions of the political climate in Iran in the 70s and 80s, with members of her liberal-leaning family detained and then executed, and the background of the disastrous Iran/Iraq war.
The film was co-winner of the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. However, it has drawn complaints from the Iranian government and was initially banned in Lebanon after some clerics found it to be “offensive to Iran and Islam.”
Persepolis will be shown on Friday, August 21, at 7:30 pm in the Alphabet City Tent located at 318 Sampsonia Way. For more information, or to reserve your free seat, visit the Film Screening: Persepolis event page, email Karen Simpson, or call 412-323-0278.
About Alphabet City Silenced Films Series
This event is part of City of Asylum’s Silenced Films Series, which celebrates films banned or censored in their country of origin. All films are co-presented by Silk Screen.