The Veil

Sep. 27th, 2008 06:36 pm
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Wait a mo?!
There's an economy crisis?!
Because nobody saw this one coming.
And hey! Who cares if it's pensions and saving bonds and taxes that bail out Wall Street.
Surely that big invisible hand will fix everything.

Hear me *gag*

In any event I didn't actually want to write about the economy. I'll leave that to those who know much more and better than me on these matters.

Yesterday I spent the day with [livejournal.com profile] tamara_russo and had a great time doing so. I got to Tel-Aviv approx. two hours after we were supposed to meet, because who the fuck knew that Friday had such great big traffic going into that city and that the bus I took wouldn't go where it was supposed.
But I digress.
We saw Persepolis, which finally made it to Israel... 'cause you know, a movie directed, written and produced by an Iranian is considered enemy propaganda - that really is the only reason I can think of that would make a movie of this kind take a year and a half to find a distributer here.
Edited To Add (30/09/2008) - It came late basically because it's an unpopular genre.
Animation is unpopular? *shrug*

I'm a big fan of Marjane Satrapi and had been looking forward to the movie.
I was not disappointed.
Though it was a difficult movie for me to watch... it is not as graphic (in the violence sense) as the books and in addition when you reach a climax in a book you can put it aside and let the story digest.
The movie really pulls no emotional punches and I spent the majority of it quite teary - I didn't know it would be so disturbing... the reason I didn't go see Waltz with Bashir because I knew it would be disturbing for me.
So a portion of the movie was spent with my face buried in Tami's shoulder... which she graciously didn't mind.

It's an important movie, because it's not just the story of Iran as perceived through the eyes of a young girl.

It's a great criticism of the world in which Satrapi grew up and lived. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Both have their prejudices and biases, but one is not superior to the other (except for the tyranny... which Satrapi manages to break down and show that it isn't about who is in Power... but about Power as a corruptive agency and the influence that other have on countries).

It's interesting that today I came across an essay by Naomi Wolf (she of "The Beauty Myth") about her perspective of women's sexuality in Middle-Eastern and Muslim countries, which you should read and maybe groan as she speaks with pretension because she's an American in an Muslim nation... but it's good none the less, specifically for that perspective.
Veiled Sexuality by Naomi Wolf
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These are are posters promoting the "Persepolis" movie which is based on Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, which is a work of art!
I can't wait to see the movie!

Spot the Difference )

Who effing needs artistic integrity in a cartoon, after all, it's a movie for kids, about kids and family values are all kids need to know about... in America.

Well, give me punk-ass, depressive-smoking, outraged-girl-child Europe anytime. I hope, really hope, we decide to go with a European version of a poster (if and) when the film heads to this little sand-mound in the Middle East. Knowing how things go here, it may very well not come here since Iran - see Ahmadinejad - wants to kill us and so the art of a progressive Iranian woman may be... you know... dangerous. Right. /snark now.
I'm not saying it will happen for sure, it just wouldn't surprise me if it did.

In addition, the genocide in Darfur must be stopped.

וכמו כן, צריך לעצור את רצח העם בדרפור.

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V and Justice

V: Ah, I was forgetting that we are not properly introduced. I do not have a name. You can call me V. Madam Justice...this is V. V... this is Madam Justice. hello, Madam Justice.

Justice: Good evening, V.

V: There. Now we know each other. Actually, I've been a fan of yours for quite some time. Oh, I know what you're thinking...

Justice: The poor boy has a crush on me...an adolescent fatuation.

V: I beg your pardon, Madam. It isn't like that at all. I've long admired you...albeit only from a distance. I used to stare at you from the streets below when I was a child. I'd say to my father, "Who is that lady?" And he'd say "That's Madam Justice." And I'd say "Isn't she pretty."

V: Please don't think it was merely physical. I know you're not that sort of girl. No, I loved you as a person. As an ideal.

Justice: What? V! For shame! You have betrayed me for some harlot, some vain and pouting hussy with painted lips and a knowing smile!

V: I, Madam? I beg to differ! It was your infidelity that drove me to her arms!

V: Ah-ha! That surprised you, didn't it? You thought I didn't know about your little fling. But I do. I know everything! Frankly, I wasn't surprised when I found out. You always did have an eye for a man in uniform.

Justice: Uniform? Why I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about. It was always you, V. You were the only one...

V: Liar! Slut! Whore! Deny that you let him have his way with you, him with his armbands and jackboots!

V: Well? Cat got your tongue? I though as much.

V: Very well. So you stand revealed at last. you are no longer my justice. You are his justice now. You have bedded another.

Justice: Sob! Choke! Wh-who is she, V? What is her name?

V: Her name is Anarchy. And she has taught me more as a mistress than you ever did! She has taught me that justice is meaningless without freedom. She is honest. She makes no promises and breaks none. Unlike you, Jezebel. I used to wonder why you could never look me in the eye. Now I know. So good bye, dear lady. I would be saddened by our parting even now, save that you are no longer the woman I once loved.

*KABOOM!*

-"V for Vendetta"

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