As part of the summer film series Animated Nights!, presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures and the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture, free screenings of the critically acclaimed animated film Persepolis will be taking place this August 15 and 17.
Based on Marjane Satrapi‘s graphic autobiography of the same name, Persepolis has been praised for its ability to bring wit to a harrowing yet candid story. Released in 2007, the film won the Cannes Festival Jury Prize and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The film follows an outspoken nine-year-old Satrapi as she grows up to be a punk-loving teenager in a tumultuous Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution. The film explores the relationship between Satrapi and her homeland during a crucial chapter of 20th century history while also portraying a coming-of-age story.
Screenings will be on Wednesday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall and Friday, August 17 at 8:30 p.m. under the stars at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden on 1100 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara.
At the Friday, August 17 screening at the Sunken Garden moviegoers will be able to make their own animated flip-book, try metal stamping and make buttons from 6:30-8 p.m. on the Fiesta Stage in the Sunken Garden, courtesy of the Santa Barbara County Library.
For the screening at the Sunken Garden make sure to arrive early! Filmgoers may begin setting up on the lawn at noon and are encouraged to bring blankets, low-to-the-ground beach chairs (seat must be no more than six inches above the ground), a picnic, and friends.
For more information call UCSB Arts & Lectures at 805/893-3535, or visit www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu.