Nabih Ahmed: Nader Talebzadeh Spiritual Father of Youth
TEHRAN (FNA)- Nabih Ahmad, Lebanese academic and researcher, says the great personality of the late Iranian filmmaker, Nader Talebzadeh, attracted many young people to the path of soft war against the US hegemony.
Speaking in an interview with FNA, Ahmed said Talebzadeh was keen to promote many cultural institutions “by employing all his relations around the world in the advancement of a generation of young people bearing the beautiful principles of resistance. He also organized many training programs in Lebanon and Iran for many young directors, presenting all support”.
“The deceased bore us, just as Martyr Mortada Awini preceded him, a great responsibility and an important intellectual and cultural legacy… He also left a great will and a moral and patriotic duty, which is to complete what he started in the path of the soft war.”
Nabih Ali Ahmed, PhD in Arabic language and literature, is a university professor and a researcher specializing in the field of religious drama and cinema. He worked at the Lebanese Resaalaat Arts Association, from 2006 until 2013; during this stage he held several positions, including Director of Public Relations, concerned with following up on (official and private) agreements between Resaalaat and Iranian institutions.
Here is the full text of the interview:
Q: How do you find the personality of the late Nader Talebzadeh?
A: I worked at the Lebanese Resaalaat Arts Association, from 2006 until 2013, during this stage I held several positions, including Director of Public Relations, concerned with following up on (official and private) agreements between Resaalaat and Iranian institutions, as well as the director of Iranian delegations that come to Lebanon in all their forms. During this stage and by virtue of my proficiency in the Persian language, I got to know the late Nader Talebzadeh, as he had a close relationship with Resaalaat and its director, and he was also the supervisor of several training programs for film directing and some festivals that I was following. And from here and being influenced by Martyr Mortada Awini and his artistic thought, I used to talk with the late Nader Talibzadeh, from time to time about him, and it became clear to me that he was one of his close friends, and this made me influenced by him as well, and I was keen to take advantage of any opportunity to talk about the thought of Martyr Awini and his opinion on various cinematic matters. What attracted me the most about him was his calm personality, his sharp intelligence, his beautiful humility, his kindness, his devotion to others, his eagerness to provide all possible assistance, his loyalty and his lofty principles.
Q: What was his goal by establishing the resistance media and artistic institutions, particularly in Lebanon?
A: The late Nader Talibzadeh was keen to promote many cultural and artistic institutions in Lebanon, foremost of which are 'Resaalaat' by employing all his relations around the world in the advancement of a generation of young people bearing the beautiful principles of resistance. He also organized many training programs in Lebanon and Iran for many young directors, presenting all support. He also contributed to several film festivals in Lebanon and shows of Iranian films in Resaalaat's hall. His relationship with everyone was so wonderful and enveloped in respect and appreciation that many, including myself, consider him a high cultural and artistic role model.
Q: Talebzadeh was a media personality, and he never did any terrorist acts. Why was he, his wife and some of his colleagues sanctioned by the US?
A: The war of Nader Talibzadeh with the US has a long story, as he is one of the first opponents of the soft war and fierce defenders of humanitarian issues, especially the resistance, in many international forums. As he had studied in America, he formed an unparalleled network of relations from those who hate and fight American policy, and this matter was employed in the establishment of the New Horizon conferences in many countries in the world, which prompted the American administration to fight the conference in all its forms and put all the organizers and participants on the list of terrorism, especially during the conference in Lebanon, where we saw that there were many international figures who were unable to attend due to the pressure of their countries at the behest of the US. One of the participants gave a speech via zoom as he moved from one place to another to escape the security services. The US was and will remain the greatest warrior of all global cultural figures that support the resistance, so there it does not differentiate between a nuclear scientist or a university professor as long as long as their role is effective and influential against its policies. Nader Talebzadeh was one of those who fought it a lot and embarrassed it in international forums; this is why it put him, along his wife, Zainab Muhanna, on the list of terrorism and confiscated all their assets.
Q: What impact did he have on the youth and why specifically did he focus his activities on youth groups?
A: The Late Nader Talebzadeh will be greatly missed by the youth, because he was the spiritual father of them. He also left a great will and a moral and patriotic duty, which is to complete what he started in the path of the soft war. I think we will remember him a lot in everything we do because he will always be present among us.
Q: What is his legacy?
A: The deceased bore us, just as Martyr Mortada Awini preceded him, a great responsibility and an important intellectual and cultural legacy. I think that we should introduce this legacy to the people and let them know more about their thoughts in order to face all the dilemmas and cultural fallacies that the West is spreading among us. May God have mercy on the deceased; he was a spiritual father and a wonderful friend, and he was a great artistic and cinematic beacon, as he was and will remain an inspirational hero.