Online Film Club: Persepolis

Online Film Club: Persepolis

Monday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
This event takes place online - zoom links will be emailed after registration

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Revolutions are personal as well as political, and no film understands that better than this week's Ciné-Club selection. This week, we'll be looking at Marjanne Satrapi's groundbreaking autobiographical story about growing up during Iran's Cultural Revolution: 


Persepolis (2007)

Rent on Vudu, YouTube, or Amazon Prime 


Adapted from the best-selling graphic novel of the same name, Marjanne Satrapi's Persepolis is an animated recounting of the author's own experiences growing up in a time of cultural tumult and regime turnover. From being an outsider in her own country to being an outsider in France, Satrapi walks a difficult road of identity formation, struggling to reconcile her personal views and national identity with the fluctuating morals and edicts of a rapidly changing Iran.

Persepolis is a funny, poignant reminder that coming of age is a universal experience, while also serving as a testimony to one of the most import events in modern world history. As you watch, reflect on this quote from Satrapi in 2005, which seems as good a summary as any of the author's humanist and heartfelt outlook:

If I have one message to give to the secular American people, it’s that the world is not divided into countries. The world is not divided between East and West. You are American, I am Iranian, we don’t know each other, but we talk together and we understand each other perfectly. The difference between you and your government is much bigger than the difference between you and me. And the difference between me and my government is much bigger than the difference between me and you. And our governments are very much the same...


Join us as we discuss the context behind the film, its unique approach to animation, and much, much more this week at Ciné-Club!




Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French cult classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.

Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Monday at 6:30 PM to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, one of our culture interns. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and spends most of his time blathering about movies online.