The monochrome animation is stark and beautiful. Often hilarious, sometimes tragic, this may be low-tech, but it's high-class.Empire
Adapted from her autobiographical graphic novel by co-director Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis is a touching coming-of-age story about an intelligent, outspoken girl growing up during the Iranian Revolution.
In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own.
With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs.
An expressionistic animation stunningly drawn in black and white and dedicated to the people of Iran.
This screening will feature an introduction from Jacky Collins, Senior Lecturer in Visual and Material Cultures at Northumbria University .
BBFC Advice: This film contains moderate violence, drugs and one use of strong language
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