23 Oct 2022

‘This is the revolution of democracy against dictatorship’ – Iranian director Marjane Satrapi

Europe Editor and Presenter

When 22 year-old Mahsa Amini was arrested by Iran’s morality police for allegedly not covering her hair properly, few could have predicted what would happen next.

Mahsa’s death in police custody sparked protests that have entered their sixth week.

Iran’s security forces have used live ammunition and tear gas, killing over 200 people – according to human rights groups.

In the last 24 hours, male and female students at two Universities in Tehran have protested against gender segregation on campus by eating together in the cafeteria – a revolutionary act in the Islamic Republic.

Iranian artist and author Marjane Satrapi grew up in Tehran amid the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

Her groundbreaking graphic novel Persepolis, based on her experiences as a child navigating the Islamic regime, has become a global phenomenon.

She is now auctioning the first 44 original art pages from her seminal book at Sotheby’s in London.

We asked Marjane how she felt about girls being at the centre of the current protests.