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View from the balcony


Ghasem is a former Iranian Ju Jutsu champion, and a former trainer of the Iranian national team. Living in the city of Bandare Anzali at the Caspean Sea, he is now spending his time for training children and adults in the arts of Ju Jutsu. While we see the pictures of a seemingly content man, living a quite life, dedicated to his sport, we simultaneously hear him talking about the recent seperation from his wife. We are confronted with the dilemma of a man trying to be at peace with himself, while being faced with emotional chaos.

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Nader Farahwaschy, born in 1971 in Germany, spent his childhood in Iran. In the midst of the Iranian Revolution he returned to Germany at the age of nine, eventually studying medicine and international relations, and worked as a surgeon. Very early on in his life, he engaged himself with the field of film and filmmaking, realising his own first projects in the late 2000s. In 2012 he was invited with his shortfilm ‘Dobar mordan’ (Dying twice) to the Hamburg International Short Film Festival and was shortlisted for the German Short Film Award the year after. In 2014 he started working on the realisation of a trilogy project 'Gomshodeh' (Being Lost).
In 2015 the first part, The River. A 48 hour episode in the life of a filmmaker (‘Rudkhuneh. Episode 48 saat dar zendegie jek kargardan’)
2016 the second part, Phase Eight ('Fase Hascht' )
2017 the third part, View from the balcony ('Did as balcon'), were completed.
The short movie 'Resilience' was also completed in 2017.
Currently he is working on the realisation of his first feature film. He lives in Berlin and Tehran.


Directed by: 
Nader Farahwaschy
Cinematography by: 
Nader Farahwaschy
Release Date: 
Monday, September 4, 2017
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