But I became aware of the Chinese "shadow play" type theatre in a Chinese language movie (I can't remember the name) where the poor protagonist inherits the puppets and keeps his family alive telling stories with them.
Shadow play is an old tradition and it has a long history in Southeast Asia; especially in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailandand Cambodia. It is also considered as an ancient art in other parts of Asia such as in China, India and Nepal. It is also known in the West from Turkey, Greece to France.
so I was interested when today's LATimes has a story about a Persian story using shadow theater being shown there, and a short biography of the Iranian artist behind the show.
why LA? Because of it's huge Iranian population.
(estimated 300 thousand, a diverse group).