Director Hamid Sohrabi and a team of 23 animators at Tehran's Saba Art and Cultural Institute set out to break into the Guinness Book of World Records by animating an entire three and a half minute film in 16 hours and 45 minutes, reports IranMania.com. Titled INSTALLING HAJAR-UL-ASWAD AT THE HOUSE OF GOD, the film tells a story around Hajar-ul-Aswad, the black stone on Mecca's wall of Kaaba that pilgrims kiss.
Maqsud Naoimi-Zaker, Saba Institute's manager, said to the Mehr News Agency that the film was meant to be produced in front of Guinness Book of World Records officials, which suggested the Institute find its own observers, which included a policeman, a judge, a mayor and three experts.
The film is meant to bring worldwide attention the advanced skills of young Iranian animators. Additionally, the production is meant to be a "message of peace and solidarity," said Naoimi-Zaker.