Persepolis web site
Marjarie Satrapi's graphic novels Persepolis: the Story of a Childhood and Persepolis 2: the Story of a Return won widespread acclaim in France, now her home, and around the world. Now, she had co-directed, with Vincent Pronnaud, the animated film version of her memoir.
The title PERSEPOLIS comes from the Persian capital founded in the 6th century
BC by Darius I, later destroyed by Alexander the Great. It's a reminder that there's
an old and grand civilization, besieged by waves of invaders but carrying on through millenia, that is much deeper and more complex than the current-day view of Iran as a monoculture of fundamentalism, fanaticism and terrorism.