In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own.
A short documentary about Persepolis
Siyavosh at Persepolis tells the story of the Crown Prince of Iran, Siyavosh, who after a falling-out with his father leaves Iran and settles in Turan. There he marries the daughter of King Afrasyab and is killed in a plot by the king’s scheming and jealous son. The film combines this ancient story with documentary-style scenes of foreign tourists visiting the ruins of Persepolis in the present, creating a work in which past, future, present, legend, theater and a myriad of filmic forms are combined in a dense intertextuality.
This enlightening documentary allows viewers to experience the glory of Persepolis, the capital of the Persian Empire built in 520 B.C. by King Darius I of the Archaemenids, who first created a 40-acre terrace to hold the spectacular complex. Architects Wolfgang Gambke and Kourosh Afhami use a computer animation program to virtually re-create Persepolis. The film also explores the history and culture of the Persian people of that era.