NewsCode : 185840 | Date: 12/16/2013 | Time: 10:35 PM | Service: Culture - Culture

Iranian director making doc on Africa’s farewell to Mandela

Iranian director Meysam Shahbabaii has traveled to South Africa to make a documentary about the farewell ceremonies for former president Nelson Mandela.

Shahbabaii is making the documentary at his own expense, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Monday.

Mandela was laid to rest in his childhood village of Qunu, South Africa on Sunday December 15.

In keeping with tradition, Mandela was laid to rest in the afternoon, when the sun is at its highest.

Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years for defying the racist apartheid government that led South Africa for decades.

He emerged from prison in 1990 and became South Africa’s first Black president four years later, all the while promoting forgiveness and reconciliation.