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Into Dust

Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel
Narrative Short
United Kingdom | 40 min | 2020

When Perween Rahman is murdered, her sister Aquila returns to Karachi, Pakistan to investigate. Finding herself caught up in powerful forces stealing the city’s water, her sister exposed the impact of corruption. Based on a true story of one activist who worked tirelessly to protect the rights of Pakistan’s poor.

The emotional heart of the film follows Perween and Aquila and their respective battles for justice – Perween’s for local families being robbed of their essential water supplies, and Aquila’s for her murdered sister in the face of indifferent and possibly complicit officials. The bigger backdrop to the story is the growing crisis of the world running out of fresh water, and the collapse of governance, growth of criminal networks and opportunistic greed and corruption, that comes with it. The United Nations predicts that over 5 billion people could be affected by water scarcity in just 10 years. The story of Karachi today is the story of Los Angeles and London in years to come if things don’t change. Goldman Sachs calls water the ‘oil of the next century’ and while some may get rich as the world’s supply dwindles, it will of course be the poorest and most marginalised communities who suffer.

It’s a travesty that the murder of Perween did not get the media and public attention it deserved in 2013. To ensure Perween’s work has a global legacy, we have secured funding for a worldwide impact campaign around issues of water scarcity, corruption and the protection of local and indigenous environmental activists which will accompany the film’s release. Perween’s sister Aquila, who serves as an EP on the film, and her team in Karachi are a key part of this, working alongside a team of US, Indian and Chinese impact producers.

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Into Dust -Orlando von EinsiedelOrlando von Einsiedel

Orlando von Einsiedel is an Academy Award- winning director and founder of film production company Grain Media. His work includes:Academy Award-winning short documentary THE WHITE HELMETS, which follows the lives of a group of heroic Syrian civilian rescue workers; Academy Award- nominated feature documentary VIRUNGA, charting the story of a group of courageous park rangers risking their lives to build a better future in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Film Information

Director: Orlando von Einsiedel
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2020
Language: English, Urdu
Runtime: 40 min.
Rated:  PG-13


Writer: Charlotte Wolfe
Producer: Harri Grace, Andrea Cornwell, Abhijeet Chhabra, Khalid Waseem
Executive Producer: Aquila Ismail ,Nikolaj Bondesen, Mikkel Bondesen, Dan Lin
Director of Photography:
Franklin Dow
Editor: Masahiro Hirakubo
Composer: Patrick Jonsson

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