Persepolis banned in Lebanon!
Lebanese authorities have banned “Persepolis” after fears it may exacerbate the fragile political situation there. Persepolis, an animated movie, was nominated for animated feature at last month’s Academy Awards. It is based on co-director Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical, bestselling graphic novel about growing up in Iran during the 1979 revolution.
Authorities likely want to avoid any potential fallout from offending pro-Iranian members of the Lebanese opposition, notably Hezbollah. “They want to stay on the safe side and not create any more friction,” said Gianluca Chacra, topper at United Arab Emirates-based distrib Front Row Entertainment, which is handling the pic’s Mideast release. “We’re still hoping for a DVD release in Lebanon.”