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Persepolis

A Reel Progress Screening

December 16, 2007, 7:00pm ET - 9:15pm ET

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About This Event

PERSEPOLIS is the poignant story of a young girl in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of precocious and outspoken nine year old Marjane that we see a people's hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power - forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. Clever and fearless, she outsmarts the "social guardians" and discovers punk. Yet when her uncle is senselessly executed and as bombs fall around Tehran in the Iran/Iraq war, the daily fear that permeates life in Iran is palpable.

As she gets older, Marjane's boldness causes her parents to worry over her continued safety. And so, at age fourteen, they make the difficult decision to send her to school in Austria. Vulnerable and alone in a strange land, she endures the typical ordeals of a teenager. Over time, she gains acceptance, and even experiences love, but after high school she finds herself alone and horribly homesick.

Though it means putting on the veil and living in a tyrannical society, Marjane decides to return to Iran to be close to her family. After a difficult period of adjustment, she enters art school and marries, all the while continuing to speak out against the hypocrisy she witnesses. At age 24, she realizes that while she is deeply Iranian, she cannot live in Iran. She then makes the heartbreaking decision to leave her homeland for France, optimistic about her future, shaped indelibly by her past.

Please join us for a provocative panel discussion and Q&A session immediately following the film.

OFFICIAL FRENCH SELECTION FOR THE 2007 BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM ACADEMY AWARDS

WINNER, JURY AWARD, 2007 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

Official Selection 2007 Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection 2007 Telluride Film Festival
Official Closing Night Selection 2007 New York Film Festival


Featured Panelists:
Marjane Satrapi, writer/director, PERSEPOLIS
Vincent Paronnaud, writer/director, PERSEPOLIS

Moderated by:
Mara Rudman, Senior Fellow, Advisor to Middle East Progress, Center for American Progress

Doors open at 6:30 pm. The screening will start at 7:00 pm sharp.

SPACE IS EXTREMELY LIMITED.
RSVP Required. RSVP's are for single tickets only. First come, first served.

Please let us know in advance if you have accessibility-related needs so that we can be sure to accommodate you.

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Location

Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14
701 7th Street NW
Washington, DC20001

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Nearest Metro: Green/Red/Yellow Line to Gallery Place