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2022-May-21  09:01

Jad Chahine: Talebzadeh’s Courage, Devotion to Duty Never Wavered

TEHRAN (FNA)- Jad Chahine, Lebanese producer, says the late Iranian filmmaker, Nader Talebzadeh, did a heroic self-sacrifice to spread the truthful message of the New Horizon Conference.

Speaking in an interview with FNA, Chahine said, “I saw the dedication and how Nader gave literally everything he had (his name, his family, his experience, his time) to the conference and when these inputs are so pure of intention and Allah accepts that good intention is it for sure that the outcome will be one that pleases Allah, and that was shown when Americans, Europeans, Asians and people of all different ethnicities participated in the conference and news agencies all over the world were present despite putting the conference and its organizers (Nader and his wife) on sanctions.”

Jad Chahine is a film producer based in Beirut. He was one of the organizers of the New Horizon Conference in Lebanon 2019.

Below is the full text of the interview:

Q: Nader Talebzadeh was known for his cinematic acumen, as he directed many documentaries and movies. How do you evaluate his works?

A: It was the way he went about doing his work that had great impact. We belong to a school (Imam Khomeini (Rah)) that says that we are only responsible for doing what is required - not its outcome, the outcome is for God. As Nader was so real and devoted to his work and his messages and the truth, God chose to let his work have such a great outcome. Because Nader was true and faithful and had high spirits (like Morteza Avini when he used to do Wudu before he sat on set and did video editing) he was successful in getting Allah’s acceptance and He therefore bestowed this mercy on Nader to provide people with his works.

Q: Talebzadeh also served as the chairman of the International New Horizon Conference. Do you believe this annual event was successful?

A: Since I was one of the main organizers of the conference in Lebanon and I worked under Nader and his respectful wife, I was lucky enough to see the inner workings and the external effect that it had. I saw the dedication and how Nader gave literally everything he had (his name, his family, his experience, his time) to the conference and when these inputs are so pure of intention and Allah accepts that good intention is it for sure that the outcome will be one that pleases Allah, and that was shown when Americans, Europeans, Asians and people of all different ethnicities participated in the conference and news agencies all over the world were present despite putting the conference and its organizers (Nader and his wife) on sanctions. It truly depicted God’s saying: “They plotted but Allah (in reply) also plotted. Allah is the Best in plotting” (Holy Quran 8:30). So with all their force and power they were not able to stop the message and truth of the conference of getting out, even though the FBI raided participant’s houses in the US and warned people not to participate. This shows that it was successful in penetrating and shedding light on the trespasses and crimes of the Western and Israeli regime.

Q: Along with his works at Cinema and holding conferences, he ran weekly TV programs including “Asr” (the Age) and “Raaz” (the Secret). Was Talebzadeh successful in countering the US-waged media war?

A: He was successful in countering this war through love and persistence. He never got tired and always did what he did with passion and love, and in the end that triumphed over all sanctions and prosecution. I remember when he was still recovering, he came to Lebanon to give a special workshop to a small group of individuals working for different organizations that advocate the revolution (Imam Khomeini (Rah)). How he told us that I do not know how much [of my life] has left to give, but I want to make sure that I do give as much as possible before I cannot give anymore. This was Nader, a drive of love and resilience that did not know defeat in the face of sanctions, wars, illness and everything the Western regime would throw in front of him, he stood tall like a true warrior and faced them with all love, passion and dedication so that his message of truth would spread as much as possible. Even after his passing, his path will be followed by everyone whom he had taught with his kind soul.