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"The Lake That Was" (Daryacheh-ee Ke Bood)

Director and Writer: Pezhman Mazaheripoor
Director of Image: Morteza Motaghi, Pezhman Mazaheripoor
Sound Mix: Hossein Mahdavai
Editing: Arash Zahedi Asl
Music: Keivan Kiaras
Narration: Mehrdad Oskouei
Managing Assistant: Arash Zahedi Golpayegani
Executive Producer: Maziar Bahari
Producer: Saeed Rashtian
Produced with the support of BBC World Service Trust
Color, Video, 16:9, 26 min, 2008, Iran & UK

Oroomieh lake with the circumference of more then 400 kilometers is located in northwest of Iran which used to attract many Iranian and foreigner tourists. Due to a lack of rainfall, several wells and underground waters resources have been utilized and dam constructions on the rivers have caused concerns that Oroomieh Lake will soon dry up. This film narrates the lake’s history when people enjoyed it at their leisure on the banks of this lake and ignored the consequences of its demise.


Born in 1973, Pezhman Mazaheripoor after passing a one year course on scriptwriting entered university to study cinema in 1993. Along with researching and directing, he has been active as photographer and assistant director. He also has made many series for Iranian TV channels. He attended Berlinale Talent Campus Workshop in 2005, where he entered “Few Thousand-Year Story of a City” into the competition section. The film was also awarded “The Special Jury Prize of the Iranian Documentary Filmmakers Association”. In 2007, he attended the first Script Writing Workshop of Cinema Verite in Iran where he made “Water in Iran”. “The Lake that was” was the outcome of a BBC World Service Trust workshop 2008.


  • Tehran Museum of Glossary & Pottery
  • Shah Tahmaseb’s Shahnameh
  • Qiumarth Inheritors
  • Rebellious Man
  • The Few Tousand Year Story of a city
  • The Haftvad Land
  • Jiroft, The lost Civilization
  • The Cultural Heritages Series
  • Water in IRAN
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  • School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London/ SOAS) (5-6 June 2009/ UK)
  • Durban Int’l Film Festival (22 July – 2 Aug 2009/ South Africa)

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