Persepolis is a graphic novel turned animation recording the life of young Marjan – an autobiographical account of the creator’s life. Marjan, an outspoken child during the end days of the Shah watches as the revolution sends family members to prison and relations to the gallows. As the revolution rears its ugly head and Iran becomes the Islamic Republic, her parents send her to Europe in hope of securing her a better future. This is a story about the endurance of family, a girl’s maturity and how her views and self-perception are constantly challenged as her birth country battles against its own identity. Funny, witty, humanising and moving. A must-see for all those curious about Iran or those who love excellently animated films that inspire hope.


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