Persepolis – Why banned in Lebanon?


The frown on my face after reading the decision on banning the franco-iranian Persepolis animation which won the prix du jury ex-aequo at Cannes 2007.

Lebanese officials say they’ve banned the movie, which is based on the autobiographical graphic novel by co-director Marjane Satrapi

The Beirut Spring and Beirut Beltway were the first to take charge, and I encourage such motive and follow suit in order to spread this film in Lebanon. Let the public be the judge. I liked the artistic animation frankly.

However, Persepolis’ distributors Front Row Entertainment are still hoping the film will be granted a DVD release in the country.

The company’s Gianluca Chacra says, “They (Lebanese authorities) want to stay on the safe side and not create any more friction. We’re still hoping for a DVD release in Lebanon.”

Update: La Sûreté générale du Liban, qui avait interdit la diffusion du film franco-iranien Persepolis, a finalement levé l’interdiction après avoir essuyé de vives critiques des milieux politiques et culturels.