An Iranian documentary, Banooye Urmia, (Lady Urmia) won jury award of Finland Environmental Film Festival held in Vaasa City. The event is held every two years.
The film directed by Mohammad Ehsani was shown in the 7th edition of the event on October 1-5 in Vaasa. It is a poetic documentary about Lake Urmia, in the Iranian Azerbaijan, which is drying up completely.
Released in 2012 in Iran and distributed by EhsaniPictures, it has also been awarded in the US Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) and Croatian Environment Film Festival.
|Lake Urmia (Orumieh) is a salt lake in northwestern Iran near Turkey. The lake is between the provinces of East Azarbaijan and West Azarbaijan, west of the southern portion of the similarly shaped Caspian Sea. It is the largest lake inside Iran, and the third salt water lake on earth, with a surface area of approximately 5,200 km square (2,000 mile square).|
The environmental catastrophe will not only affect Iran, but also Iranian neighbors such as Iraq and Turkey. The film is narrated in the voice of the Lake itself, asking for help and trying to gain international reaction.