When activist Perween Rahman is murdered, her sister Aquila returns to Karachi, Pakistan to investigate, and finds herself caught up in powerful forces intent on stealing the city’s water. Based on a true story, Into Dust follows the journey of a woman who worked tirelessly to protect the water rights of Pakistan’s poor and ended up making the ultimate sacrifice. The film Into Dust tells the true story of Perween Rahman (played by Indu Sharma), an activist who stood up to Karachi’s water mafia, and was murdered. The bigger backdrop to the film is the global water crisis, and its impact on food, health, energy, governance and political stability around the world. With water being described as the "new petroleum," this is a crisis that affects everyone.
Perween Rahman was a Pakistani social activist, director of the Orangi Pilot Project Research and Training Institute. She was murdered in 2013, and although authorities seemed to have gotten their man at first, the inquiry into her death probes on, after revelations that police officers had manipulated the investigation.
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Orlando von Einsiedel is an Academy Award-winning director and founder of film production company Grain Media. His work includes the Academy Award®-winning short documentary The White Helmets, which follows the lives of a group of heroic Syrian civilian rescue workers, as well as the 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. He also directed the BIFA-winning feature documentary Evelyn, a deeply personal story and road trip odyssey about the loss of his brother to suicide and his family’s route to recovery and he executive produced the 2019 Academy Award®-winning Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl) which grew out of his earlier award-winning short film, Skateistan; To Live and Skate Kabul, which he made in 2010. Orlando is drawn to telling inspiring stories of humble heroism from around the world, often combining intimate personal narratives with macro level politics and powerful visual aesthetics.
Since its inception in 2006 Grain Media, founded by filmmakers Orlando von Einsiedel and Jon Drever, has gone on to win over 100 international film, television and advertising awards across multiple genres, including two Academy Awards®, a BAFTA, an EMMY, a Peabody, a Grierson, IDA Awards, a BIFA, as well as a duPont-Columbia Award for outstanding journalism.
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