On Monday 18th October at 19.30, join us for a glimpse into a culture very different from the one of our host country. At 22b Buccleuch street, we at the ISC will be watching PERSEPOLIS, a French animated film (don't worry, it has English subtitles for those of us who are not very fluent in French!). This film is based on a book by Marjane Satrapi about her life in Iran during the 1970s. It's both a technically and an artistically accoladed film and is quite recent too. And in case you get peckish, as most of us do during films, snacks will be available.
Synopsis: [Source: IMDB] In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs.
This is a free event, therefore there are no tickets to be sold.