The Absence of Apricots


Germany, Pakistan | 49 Minutes | 2018

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.


writer, director, producer: Daniel Asadi Faezi
cinematography: Lilli Pongratz
assistant director: Ali Atif
music: KAVALL& Andy Aged
editor: Mila Zhluktenko


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