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Library to show film Persepolis

As part of its activities for the International September Project, the Robert R. Muntz Library will present a screening of the film Persepolis. The film is based on the popular autobiographical graphic novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. The author directs the film with Vincent Paronnaud. The film tells the story of a young girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. The idealistic dreams her family and her hoped for with the defeat of the Shah are shattered when the Islamic fundamentalists take over and create another tyranny.The young girl refuses to remain silent at the injustices she sees. Her parents send her off to Vienna to protect her and give her a better life. However, living in Vienna is challenging as well as she faces growing up away from home, a different culture, and disappointments. The return home shows her how her homeland has changed, too much, and she must decide where she truly belongs. The screening will take place on Wednesday September 9th, 2009. The event starts at 7:00pm in library room LIB 401. The event will open with remarks by two UT Tyler scholars. Dr. Kazem Mahdavi will speak on the time period and provide some historical context of the time in Iran. Dr. Paul D. Streufert will speak on the genre of graphic novels and how Persepolis exemplifies the genre and its literary qualities. The film will be screened right after the scholars speak. There will be time after the end for questions and comments from the audience. Here is a sampling of what the reviews have said about this award-winning film:
  • R oger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times says, "while so many films about coming of age involve manufactured dilemmas, here is one about a woman who indeed does come of age, and magnificently" and says the film's story is told "carefully, lovingly and with great style" (Full review).
  • Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Carina Chocano says that it is  "a familiar story set in an unfamiliar context, it's a paean to the universality of human experience, a testament to the endurance of individuality during great political and fanatical upheaval, and a reminder that even the most complex situations, identities and stories are heartbreakingly simple" (Full review).
  • And Stephanie Zacharek, writing for Salon, tells us that "'Persepolis' is all about the ways people find to get on with life, even when their governments work hard to prevent them from doing so. It's also, quite simply, a resonant and universal story about coming of age" (Full review).
The September Project is “a grassroots effort to encourage events about freedom and democracy in all libraries in all countries during the month of September.” The September Project started out four years ago focusing on September 11, but it has evolved to include events during the month of September focusing on issues of freedom and democracy." This event is free and open to the public. In addition, we are also inviting visitors to take a moment and view the Humanities Texas exhibit "The Legacy of the Middle East." The exhibit is being displayed in the library's reading room on the second floor. See details on the exhibit here.
Published by root on 31 Aug

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