Adaptation

Not content with jailing Haleh Esfandiari, a scholar whose sole crime seems to be to believe in a dialogue between Iran and the United States, the Iranian government, through its cinema organization Farabi Cinema Foundation has protested Marjane Satrapi’s adaptation of her book Persepolis into an animated film. The movie presents an “unrealistic face of the achievements and results of the glorious Islamic Revolution in some of its parts,” the protest letter said.

The always quotable Satrapi responds:

“The worst reaction in the movie comes from myself, it doesn’t come from the guardians of the revolution,” she said. “The film’s about being true to yourself, it’s about humanism. I really believe that humanism is a word that has lost its power and its meaning and it’s exactly at this time in the history of human beings that we need it more than any other time. We should stop considerations such as manhood and womanhood, of coming from east and west, or this and that religion, and just try to do the best with the imperfections of human beings.”

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