Marjane Satrapi is the author of the bestselling graphic novel Persepolis, an account of her life in Iran, which she left when she was 14. “I drew Persepolis with a pedagogical purpose, for the Western public. I had heard so many stupid things about my country. Some thought they knew more than me about Iran, because they had seen Not Without My Daughter [a 1991 film set in Iran] in the cinema! We are often made to feel that a person who emigrates does so for economic reasons. I wanted to show that you leave your home because you can’t breathe any more. In a sense, I censor myself everyday. I’m responsible for what I transmit about Iran. Consequently, that limits my freedom. Words can kill. If I do something wrong in France, I know what I risk. In Iran, you can’t count on anything. For a long time, I thought I was paranoid. Then one day I was supposed to take part in an Iranian cultural event and the [Iranian] embassy in Paris said they wouldn’t take part if I were invited. Censorship is a reality.“
(Source: sites.colorsmagazine.com, via thebrownqueen)
30 day drawing challenge, day 5. Favourite movie.
Persepolis. A drawing of Marjane Satrapi, I admire her so much!
© Diana García Mejía, 2014
What a wonderful drawing!