Where We Used to Swim

آن‌جا که شنا می‌کردیم

Lake Urmia in Northern Iran was once the largest lake in the Middle East. But human influence set its course, and brought upon a devastating drought that the lake could not withstand. Today, just 5% of the original lake remains. The majority of the land is now barren and covered by salt. This cinematic essay observes the places of present and past, and weaves a new narration with fragments of identity and memory.

Director: Daniel Asadi Faezi | 2019 | 8 Min.
Language: Azeri with English subtitles
Country: Germany

Screenings and tickets

Sunday 2 June 2024, 17:00

Friday 31 May 2024, 19:00

This film is screened with: Slowly Forgetting Your Faces


Selected Festivals:

  • DOK Leipzig

  • KFFK Cologne

  • Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg

  • GO SHORT – ISFF Nijmegen

  • Vienna Shorts

  • Leiden Shorts

  • Odense Shortfilm Festival

  • Kyiv International Shortfilm Festival

  • Sehsüchte Berlin

  • Kurzfilmfestival Hamburg

  • Warsaw International Film Festival

  • Sedicicorto

  • PÖFF Black Nights Tallinn

  • Izmir Shortfilm Festival

Selected Awards:

  • Sustainability Award at the Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg

  • Honorable Mention at the Innsbruck Nature Film Festival


Daniel Asadi Faezi was born in Schweinfurt, Germany. He studied in the Documentary Department at the University of Television and Film, Munich, and at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan. In addition to directing, he produces documentary and experimental cinema. His films have been screened at numerous film festivals, including Berlinale, Locarno, DOK Leipzig, Visions du Réel, and Ann Arbor. He is an alumni of Berlinale Talents.