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Book Vs. Movie: Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi’s Comic Autobiography Vs. the Animated Feature



The Margos this week delve into the complicated history of Iran via the life story of artist and writer Marjane Satrapi who wrote several comics under the banner of Persepolis from her early childhood to her later years as an activist. 

The original work was published in French as Satrapi is part French and Iranian and spent much of her adult life in France. She had a first-hand look at the Islamic Revolution in 1979 when her family members were jailed for being activists. 

Satrapi vividly recalls being forced to wear a veil, how women’s rights were taken away quickly during this time, and how this affected her education, her family situation, and the eventual war with Iraq. 

The 2007 film was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 80th Academy Awards. 

Between the 2000 novel and the film–which did we like better? You have to listen to find out!!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The life story of Marjane Satrapi
  • What the Margos were taught about Iran in the 1970s and 1980s 
  • The controversy around the book being taught in schools
  • The American cast: Amethyste Frezignac (child Marjane,) Gena Rowlands (Grandmother,) Sean Penn (Father,) Iggy Pop (Uncle Anoush,) and Mathilde Merlot as Tina. 

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