Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom was awarded the Best Film prize at the International Film Festival of Resistance in Tehran, Iran this evening. Other films in contention for the coveted award were the Oscar nominated No from Chile; Zabana which was Algeria’s 2013 Academy Award submission; Tula, The Revolt about the leader of the slave uprising on the island of Curacao in 1795 and Cinco de Mayo La Batalla from Mexico. The Festival which aims at expanding the ‘Culture of Resistance’, comprises of three competitive sections: ‘International Competition’, ‘Imad Moqniyeh Award’ and the ‘Outlook of Iran’s Resistance Cinema in the World’
The Festival’s Hossein Panahi commented, “We are privileged to have had ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ participate in the 13th International Resistance Film Festival of Iran. Mr Mandela was one of the greatest statesmen of our time and epitomized moral leadership. His story as depicted in the film is truly inspirational.”
Producer, Anant Singh said, “We are honoured to receive the Best Film award at the International Film Festival of Resistance, especially as the people of Iran as the people of Iran have a special place in their hearts for Mr. Mandela. We are pleased that we could screen Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom in a country with a rich film culture and extremely talented filmmakers and with the audience being devoted cinephiles.”
The Awards ceremony was held at the Milad Tower which is part of the Tehran International Trade and Convention Centre and acknowledged as 17th tallest freestanding structure in the world.