Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, the Tourism Authority of Thailand director, has removed the award-winning animated film Persepolis from the upcoming Bangkok International Film Festival at the request of the Iranian embassy. Iran's embassy in Bangkok asked the Tourism Authority to drop the black and white cartoon from the festival because of the 'negative image' it paints of Iran. The decision is expected to reignite a debate over whether the TAT is the appropriate organizer of Bangkok's annual film festival. The film festival will be held July 19 to 29.