Friday, 22 February 2013

Movie Date: Persepolis

One of my best friends recommended this comic to me around 2-3 years ago. I couldn't afford to buy it at the time but she mentioned it was made into a movie. Historical fiction - or, in this case, historical non-fiction - is one of my favourite genres. I was unaware of the details of Iranian recent history...until I watched Persepolis. The movie was made in America but the artwork was made by an Iranian woman, who's telling her true story of life during the Islamic Revolution. Although the story is fairly rough and serious, her telling is very entertaining, emotional and informative. Also, her artwork is absolutely adorable.

The story starts with Marjane Satrapi, a little Iranian girl who admires her grandmother. She lives happily with her family until, one day, the Islamic Revolution rises. The Satrapis are shaken mostly because they are communists. With the Islamic Revolution, being something other than Muslim can be quite difficult. That is when everything changes. All the girls have to wear hijab and certain clothes when walking out. Even their taste is pretty much controlled. Marjane's love for punk is brought into questioning and she hates it. It comes to the point where police officers give you a warning for running - which, insanely, was forbidden for women.

Back in, err...college, I had a friend who came from Iran. He told me a little bit of this and that about living in Iran. He himself wasn't Muslim so he knew how hard it was being a minority. I mean, I'm a Muslim but I still think some of these restrains are ridiculous. Watch this movie and you'll see what I mean. It is highly controversial and brings up a whole lot of criticism. But, if you put aside all the politics, this is actually very entertaining. The comedy is that like no other. Enjoy the weekend! Cheerio!

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