March 16, 2008

Persepolis and Persian Rugs

Filed under: Lifestyle,Marketing — Tony @ 8:30 pm
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What is the link between the movie Persepolis and Persian Rugs ???

Well sadly the link is this. Its a story of the lack of courage, a loss of heart and soul by Iranian expatriates in Canada and the USA. There is little or no protest as many have have bought the dollar and forgotten universal rights and freedoms. It would seem that the dollar has gotten them by the proverbial.

Persian Rugs are not neutral art objects. They represent people, weavers and merchants. They are the lifeblood and are a huge industry. $500 mil in the USA alone. How much of that gets to the weavers and how much to the intermediate’s and the state?

Tough questions and questions that Care and Fair, Step, and other international organizations are struggling to come to grips with. To get a sense of what needs to change rent the movie Persepolis. Its gripping and ever so revealing. This woman has courage in spades. In this movie, which is autobiographical, Marji the author grows up and witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny. You will see how Marji refused to remain silent at the injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with Marji finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs.

I heard similar stories over and over again. It takes courage to adjust. Take time out and read the two autobiographical graphic novel (comics) by Marjane Satrapi that describes her childhood in Iran after the revolution.
She has great courage on many levels.


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