Marjane Satrapi, a Princess of Asturias Award against religious fundamentalism

Marjane Satrapi, a Princess of Asturias Award against religious fundamentalism
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The black and white autobiographical comic in which the girl Marjane Satrapi experienced the change in Iran with the fall of the Shah and the arrival of the Ayatollahs has not stopped being published in multiple formats or brought to the big screen with a film in which actresses such as Chiaria Mastronianni, Catherine Deneuve and Danielle Darrieux. Now the jury of Princess of Asturias Award of Communication and Humanities 2024 has recognized the author of ‘Persepolis’ for her ability to be “an essential voice for the defense of human rights and freedom.”



Conversations with Muhammad

“Due to her audacity and artistic production, she is considered one of the most influential people in the dialogue between cultures and generations,” reads the jury’s minutes for the award, which recognizes that it is her graphic novel.exemplarily reflects the search for a more just and inclusive world”. A comic in which a girl from Tehran – born in 1969 – lives in the social change of a country in which the restriction of freedoms occurs constantly until she finally flees to Europe – where she does not exactly find a space in which give vent to his rebellion.

The experience of Islamic fundamentalism of the Iranian regime shows a Marjane Satrapi questioning, in several vignettes, the prophet Muhammad in first person about the injustices he discovers in his daily life. Although critical of the social experience of religion that she has experienced in Iran, in some interviews she opens up to the experiences of the soul while not hiding that she clearly does not believe in God. Furthermore, Satrapi especially denounces the repression of women or the unreasonable nature of war.

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