Saturday, July 19, 2008

From Independence to Oppression to Individual Spirit

My last blog entry recommended some patriotic fare to help you celebrate our nations’ independence. This entry will take different point of view and recommends a film about oppression but also about spirit of the individual. Winner of the Jury Prize from the 2007 Cannes Film Festival (and a nominee for the Palme d’Or), Persepolis has just been released on DVD and is available from the HBPL Media department. Persepolis is based on Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel of the same name. This animated film begins in Iran in 1979. Ten year old Marji dreams of becoming a prophet and loves to emulate Bruce Lee. Marji’s family is hopeful when the Shah is overthrown. They think that they will get a more just society but instead what they get is Islamic Fundamentalism. Marji, a rebellious teen, buys western heavy metal music on the black market and wears a denim jacket celebrating punk rock with a Michael Jackson button. Worried that she will be arrested, she is sent to Vienna to go to school. What follows is Marji’s coming of age story and a tale that shows that sometimes you can’t go home again.

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