Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

PersepolisOkay, I so know that I’m sometimes a little behind the times on things that are really cool…I freely admit that. So, please forgive me if this post is old news to you. But I just saw the animated movie Persepolis (2007), and it was so fantastic that I had to share.

If you don’t know about it, Persepolis is based on an of the same name, written by artist and writer Marjane Satrapi. It tells the story of Marjane’s life growing up during the Iranian Revolution, and touches upon issues like having friends and family killed because of their beliefs, growing up in a society where girls and women were treated very differently than their male counterparts, and finding a balance between speaking out against repression and staying alive.

The animation in the film, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2007 for best animated film, is simply beautiful, and somehow makes the painful, and often sad, themes connect in a way that I don’t think live action could have pulled off.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend renting it or finding it on your DVR!

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