Last Swim

Ziba is an ambitious and brainy young Londoner. Proud of her Iranian heritage, she is conscientious and sensible but also indulges in a certain romantic nihilism. Perhaps this is because of her passion for astronomy, or perhaps because she longs for happier times. Although she is the only member of her close-knit friendship group to attain good results in the end-of-school exams, she is struggling to remain optimistic. She and her friends want to spend the day together in the hot summer London and witness a unique celestial event. Secretly, Ziba is planning an irreversible step that – in her mind – will give her back control over her life. Caught between a deep passion for being alive and an overwhelming desire to end the pain and fear of her current reality, Ziba must learn to let go of her adolescent dreams and cope with uncertainty.
by Sasha Nathwani
with Deba Hekmat, Narges Rashidi, Jay Lycurgo, Solly McLeod, Lydia Fleming
United Kingdom 2024 English, Farsi 100' World premiere | Debut film | recommendation: 14 years and up

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  • Deba Hekmat (Ziba)
  • Narges Rashidi (Mona)
  • Jay Lycurgo (Merf)
  • Solly McLeod (Shea)
  • Lydia Fleming (Tara)
  • Denzel Baidoo (Malcom)
  • Michelle Greenidge (Tonya)


DirectorSasha Nathwani
ScreenplaySasha Nathwani, Helen Simmons
CinematographyOlan Collardy
EditingStephen Dunne
MusicFederico Albanese
Sound DesignGeorge Castle
Production DesignJulija Fricsone Gavriss
CostumesNatalie Wilkins
Make-UpEve Coles, Gaby Winwood
CastingShakyra Dowling
ProducersCampbell Beaton, Nisha Mullea, Helen Simmons, Bert Hamelinck, Sorcha Shephard, James Isilay
Executive ProducersRuby Walden, Kelly Peck, Jesse Ozeri, Max Fisher, Liam Johnson

Produced by


London, United Kingdom

Pablo & Zeus

United Kingdom

Sasha Nathwani

The director was born in London to an Iranian mother and Indian father. He has a degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Last Swim is his debut feature film. His short film Raj’s Story was a recipient of a One Point Four Award and a Channel 4 Diversity Award. He has also directed various music videos and has twice been nominated for Best Video at the Brit Awards.


2021 Raj’s Story; short film 2024 Last Swim

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024


Fri Feb 16 19:30

HKW 1 - Miriam Makeba Auditorium

Subtitles: German

Opening Generation 14plus | Ceremony with German Sign Language Interpreter

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Sat Feb 17 14:30

City Kino Wedding

Subtitles: German

Berlinale Goes Kiez

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Sat Feb 17 18:30

Cineplex Titania

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Sun Feb 18 18:45

Cubix 8

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Mon Feb 19 15:45

Cubix 8

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Fri Feb 23 13:30


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Awards Ceremony Generation 14plus

Cura sana | Last Swim

Fri Feb 23 19:30

HKW 1 - Miriam Makeba Auditorium

Subtitles: English, German

Screening of the Crystal Bear-winning films after the awards ceremony

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