Iran accuses Persepolis of Islamophobia
The film is based on her autobiographical graphic novel of the same name which offers a satirical take on oppressive life under the theocratic regime after the Iranian revolutoin.
Mehdi Kalhor, the cultural adviser to president Ahmadinehad, says:
Islamophobia in Western drama started in France, and producing and highlighting the anti-Iranian film ‘Persepolis’ in Cannes falls in line with Islamophobia.
(He is probably referring to Voltaire’s Mahomet)
Other officials claim that it is part of a US-led conspiracy to encourage reformist forces in Iran.