The French Institute in India presents
Film Screening and Book Launch
Persepolis is a semi-autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq.
Eight years old Marjane (Marji) who wants to become a prophet, was brought up in a liberal family that supported education, modernity forgiveness, and justice and didn’t believe in the orthodox government regime. In this story, Marji is going through revolutions, war, mourning, exile, depression but also learning more about life, puberty, and first love.
She survives wars and political suppression but a failed love affair made her life miserable. The book talks about how she lived and fights back in war times, her struggles against orthodox society, her divorce at the age of 21, and how she finds refuge in France and has a new beginning. The author has written the text in an almost childish manner, to reflect her innocence in the horrifying world. The book provides an alternative outlook into Iran for western countries who consumed the false and negative media attention given to Iran at that time.
Persepolis has been adapted into an animated film and won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2007. The movie was named the Official French Selection for the Best Foreign Language Film. It is now published in Hindi by Vani Prakashan and the book is available in the Indian market.
Read more in the press:
- Mid-Day: Persepolis comes home.
- Hindustan Times: Persepolis in Hindi: The graphic novel about Iran has new lessons for India
Date & Time: 16th June, 6:30 pm
6:30 pm: Movie Screening – in French with English subtitles
8:00 pm: Live debate (replay) in English with Ms Marjane Satrapi
The event is exclusively for the Indian public: anyone based in India is welcome.
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About the speakers
Marjane Satrapi : author and film director
Born in 1969, Marjane Satrapi is an Iranian-born French author and filmmaker.
Aditi Maheshwari - Vani Prakashan
Aditi Maheshwari-Goyal holds a masters degree in English literature, Business Management (Strathclyde Business School, Scotland) and M.Phil. degree in Social Sciences. She heads the Department of Copyrights and Translation at Vani Prakashan Group and is the Managing Trustee at Vani Foundation. She teaches publishing and editing at the University of Delhi and Seagull School of Publishing, Kolkata. She is an advisor to Jaipur BookMark- south Asia’s largest publishing platform. She also manages the award secretariat of Vani Foundation Distinguished Translator Award.
Vishwajyoti Ghosh - Moderator
Vishwajyoti Ghosh is an Indian graphic novelist and artist engaging mostly on social and political themes.
In 2009, he put together a series of graphic collages reinterpreting classified ads in a collection of postcards ‘Times New Roman and Countrymen’.
His graphic novel ‘Delhi Calm’ was published in 2010. In it Ghosh brings together realistic comic passages with political commentaries and fantastical elements in order to remember a particularly incisive and controversially discussed period from 1975 to 1977, referred to in India as ‘The Emergency’.
Appupen: author of graphic novel
George Mathen, also known by the name Appupen (translated into Malayalam as grandfather), is a famous graphic designer and artist from Bangalore. He is the author of graphic novels such as The Snake and the Lotus, Moonward, Legends of Halahala, Aspyrus and Rashtraman, a superhero satire series. He is the founder/editor of Brainded India.
Invited in 2011 to the Festival d’Angoulême, he has also obtained a 6-month residency at the Cité de la BD from April to September 2021.
Nidheesh Tyagi: translator, editor and poet
Graphic Credits: © L’Association & Marjane Satrapi, 2017