the absence of apricots

A remote village in the mountains of Northern-Pakistan. Surrounded by a huge turquoise lake in between rough, steep cliffs.
One day, a landslide blocked a river. In a few months, this river turned into a huge lake, which is up to 30km long. Thousands of homes and fields were flooded. Entire villages disappeared. People got dislocated. What is left are the people and their stories which are passed on from generation to generation.


“Best Medium-Length Film” at Riga International Short Film Festival, 2018
Wiley Blackwell Student Film Prize” at RAI Film Festival, 2019


Visions du Réel International Competition, Switzerland, 2018
Mountainfilm Festival Kathmandu, Nepal, 2018
Escales Documentaires La Rochelle, France, 2018
Festival International du Film de Montagne d’Autrans, France, 2018
Riga International Short Film Festival 2Annas, Latvia, 2018
Mountainfilm Fest Graz, Austria, 2018
Poitiers Festival, France, 2018
Nonfiktionale Bad Aibling, Germany, 2019
Ecofalante Environmental Film Festival, Brasil, 2019
EMAF Osnabrück, Germany, 2019
Trento Film Festival, Italy, 2019
Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival, UK, 2019
Tartu World Film Festival, Estonia, 2019
Festival della Lessinia, Italy, 2019
International Festival of Ethnological Film Belgrade, Serbia, 2019
Alexandre Trauner ART Festival, Hungary, 2019
Field Recordings 3, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2021


Naveed Ullah Baig
Fatma Ayaz
Bitan Mashroof
Abdul Rasheed
Lahooda Bibi
Abdul Majeed
Shagufta Bano
Sarfraz Khan
Abdul Hameed
Khaliya Parveen
Abdul Basit


a Daniel Asadi Faezi Production in cooperation with HFF Munich and NCA Lahore
written, directed& produced | Daniel Asadi Faezi
assistant director | Ali Atif
cinematography | Lilli Pongratz
sound | Mila Zhluktenko& Ali Atif
edit | Mila Zhluktenko
music | KAVALL& Andy Aged
sounddesign | Andrew Mottl
re-recording mixer | Florian Schneeweiß

2018 | Pakistan&Germany | 49 minutes | Documentary | Burushaski with english subtitles