Iranian film-maker Meysam Shahbabaie started shooting the film, entitled, Nelson Mandela, forever, in December 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. The film documents chronicle life story of anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela (died December 5, 2013).
The film is shot in locations in village of Qunu where Nelson Mandela is buried, and in United States where several scholars recorded their views of African freedom fighter and first president of an independent South Africa, who lived over 27 years of his life in a security prison in the White-ruled South Africa.
Iranian actress Mahtab Keramati, who is considered as one of world’s most beautiful women (watch video below), a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, and Mandella’s daughter Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, South Arica’s ambassador in Argentina have agreed to be featured in the film.
Shahbabaie has also invited Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman, who portrayed Mandela in Clint Eastwood’s movie Invictus to appear in the film.
Islamic Iran had a special place in Mandel’s heart. Tehran supported ANC’s armed resistance against the South African apartheid regime which was supported by the US, Israel and the entire Zionist-controlled western world. after his release from prison in 1992, the first foreign country Nelson visited was Islamic Republic of Iran. During his visit Mandela thanked Iranian nation for its supports for the enslaved Black people of South Africa.
Nelson Mandela met Iran’s spiritual leader Ayatullah Ali Khameni and called him My Leader. Watch a video below.
In December 2013, South African president Jacob Zuma reaffirmed that South Africans will never forget Iran’s support when it needed the most.
Shahabaie’s other films include I am a Sign, Life is War and Nothing, and No Place, No Time.
The Jewish Lobby has not forgiven Mandela for destroying Israel’s main African ally and his support for Palestinians’ struggle against their Jewish occupiers.