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For those who have missed these brilliant graphic novels and award-winning movie: PERSEPOLIS by Marjane Satrapi is the poignant story of a young girl in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of a precocious and outspoken nine year old that we see people’s hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power — forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. Clever and fearless, she outsmarts the “social guardians” and discovers punk.
The contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; her high school years in Vienna facing the trails of adolescence far from her family; her homecoming–both sweet and terrible; and, finally, her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.

The animated film “Persepolis” won the Jury Prize at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2007. Watch the trailer.

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