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Neda in Black-and-White

Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel memoir, Persepolis -released in the United States in 2003-was a clear-eyed, sensitive portrayal of the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq war, seen through the eyes of a young girl. Now Satrapi’s stark, inky images have been “remixed” with new text to tell the story of the recent disputed elections in Iran-ending with the death of Neda Agha-Soltan .

According to Agence France-Presse , the remixers behind the ten-page “Persepolis 2.0” are two young Iranians raised in the West and now living in Shanghai, who watched the elections from abroad:

“Persepolis 2.0” has also been “vigorously” attacked in the ultraconservative press in Iran, its authors say.

“We consider this to be a good sign,” they said, adding that the site itself was secure and had not been hacked into.

But Satrapi-who gave the authors her go-ahead for the project but was not otherwise involved-told AFP she was sceptical about its power to change the situation on the ground in Iran.

“They said they wanted to do something with my work – I gave them my blessing.”

(Via ArtsBeat .)