Variety: Organized Crime and Pakistan’s Water Shortage Feature in ‘Into Dust’ Trailer

Variety has been given exclusive access to the international trailer for “Into Dust,” an upcoming dramatic short from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel (“Virunga,” “The White Helmets”) produced by Grain MediaRideback and Fuse Entertainment. The short will launch this Friday on streaming platform WaterBear and be available to watch on Apple TV and Roku devices.

“Into Dust” is the true story of Perween Rahman, an activist who was murdered after she stood up to Karachi’s water mafia in the South of Pakistan. Set against the growing global water crisis and its impact on food, health, energy, governance and political stability around the world, the film not only depicts Rahman’s inspiring work, but the fight by those close to her to continue that work after her death, and to battle the forces who cut her life short.

In the trailer, we’re introduced to Rahman, played by Indu Sharma, and the tensions she faced off against daily. Dripping taps, armed guards and a dust-covered city give an idea of the scale of her opposition. We also see that, despite the best efforts of evil men, Rahman’s fight did not die with her.

“This is a story that really spoke to me on multiple levels; the bravery of Perween Rahman and her sister Aquila Ismail; a story about the loss of a sibling, something I have experienced in my own life; and the terrifying specter of a world threatened by water scarcity,” says von Einsiedel. “We wanted to pay tribute to Perween Rahman’s extraordinary life and work, whilst also making a film that sparked a conversation about water usage and consumption. We stepped away from a documentary format to tell a docudrama narrative that we hope people can emotionally connect to.”

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