Film & Graphic Novel Discussion: Persepolis
Students, faculty and community members are invited to read the graphic novel Persepolis: the library has placed copies of the book on 24-hour reserve. There will be a showing of the film Persepolis on Tuesday, April 30th at 6:00 pm at the library (Rm 114) . Both the book and the film will be discussed afterwards.
Persepolis is a 2007 animated film based on Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel of the same name. The film received numerous awards including being a co-winner of the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. It was also nominated for many awards including a Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The story follows a young girl as she comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution.
The film will be introduced by Dr. Renee Scherlen, who will also lead discussion on the film and book following the showing. Dr. Scherlen is a professor of Political Science at Appalachian State University; comparative politics, foreign policy, international politics, and gender are among her areas of specialization.
The event is presented by ASU Library in conjunction with the ASU Humanities Council and the Muslim Students Association with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) program. This is the fourth in a series of programs that compose the 2013 Bridging Cultures, Muslim Journeys Program.
More on the film: Filmmakers Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi collaborated to co-write and co-direct this adaptation of Satrapi's bestselling autobiographical graphic novel detailing the trials faced by an outspoken Iranian girl who finds her unique attitude and outlook on life repeatedly challenged during the Islamic Revolution.
The Guardian described the film as “superbly elegant” and goes on to note: “Persepolis gives us the sheer pleasure of narrative, rarely found in modern cinema or indeed fiction: a gripping story of what it is like to grow from a lonely imaginative child into an adult, and to find this internal tumult matched by geo-political upheaval.”
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