'Persepolis' opens Fresh Film Festival

Fresh Film Festival

Educational Screening of the animated film Persepolis

10.00am – 1.00pm on Monday, 28th at Storm Cinemas, Castletroy.

In association with the Irish Film Institute the Fresh Film festival screened the French animation feature film Persepolis.
Directed by Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi. Starring Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Simon Abkarian.
Persepolis is a poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution. The film was accompanied by a study guide provided by the IFI which was available on the day of the screening.
The style of the animation was in the black-and-white style of the original graphic novels and the present-day scenes are shown in colour. There are sections of the historic narrative which was illustrated like a shadow theatre show.
Persepolis was a good film to start the festival with and has added relevance with the current situation in Libya dominating the haadlines.  It gives a good sense of the perspective of people who are dispossessed. Its themes include war, gender issues, loss of innocence, death, torture, , depression, politics, faith, loss and gives you a sense of what it is like to be dispossessed.
Students from Hazelwood College, Castletroy College and Rockwell College attended the screening and seemed to really enjoy it. In fairness it’s hard to be inside on such a nice day but to miss some school-time and get educated just a little bit, well that’s a different kettle of fish.

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