Persepolis, the Movie

Persepolis, based on the award-winning graphic novels by Marjane Satrapi, is coming out sometime this year. We’re predicting this will be a really good thing for the young Iranian diaspora as far as raising our profile as a community. And who wants to explain the 1979 revolution, and all its tangled roots, over and over again? Not us, so this will really help.

Satrapi’s Persepolis movie blog reads how she speaks (we wrote about seeing her at UCLA in this post about her latest book), but there are only two posts, and the last was written in October (oops). I’m confident the very clean animation and popularity of the books will draw huge audiences. And according to the movie’s IMDB page, French actress Catherine Deneuve is the voice of Marjane’s mother, and Gena Rowlands is involved as the voice of the grandmother.

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16 Jan 2007, 8:29am
by Anonymous

The link provided above that describes the conditions under which the Iranian Revolution took place does not describe any of the repressive components of the Shah’s rule over the people of Iran, prior to 1979.

The provided link seems biased in that it focuses on what the Revolution was, and not why it was so successful (i.e. because the Shah was a hated tyrant by the masses, but loved by the socio-economic elite that now live in Beverly Hills).

16 Jan 2007, 1:33pm
by Sepideh

You’re right – there’s only one line that alludes to the Shah’s dictatorial policies: “As the Shah’s regime, supported by the U.S., became increasingly repressive.”

I’m sure there are plenty of links that provide better overviews – perhaps you could suggest one.

[...] So I can’t wait to read this new book: it’s called Sons and Other Flammable Objects, and its author is Porochista Khakpour, who appears to be living my dream life (making me want to move back to NYC right away) and happens to be smart and pretty. I haven’t read this book yet, but just from reading this really cranky Washington Post review, I think I’m really going to like it. Everything about it is giving me good vibes, and I’m reminded of how I felt the first time I saw the cover of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis. [...]


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