CAST AND CREW

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

AQUILA ISMAIL

SUDHA BHUCHAR

Sudha Bhuchar is an award-winning actor, playwright and founder of Bhuchar Boulevard. Her theatre acting credits include Gurpreet Bhatti’s KHANDAN (Royal Court and Birmingham Rep), Tanika Gupta’s LIONS AND TIGERS (Globe theatre) and THE VILLAGE by April de Angelis (Theatre Royal Stratford East). Television credits include CORONATION STREET, three series of Ruth Jones’ STELLA (Sky TV), NOUGHTS AND CROSSES (BBC) and the television adaptation of FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL. Film credits include Rob Marshall’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS for Disney, Ben Wheatley’s HAPPY NEW YEAR COLIN BURSTEAD, Bassam Tariq’s critically acclaimed MOGUL MOWGLI, starring Riz Ahmed, Aleem Khan’s upcoming AFTER LOVE and Khayam Khan’s A GAME OF TWO HALVES.

Bhuchar won the UK Asian Film Festival’s Tongues on Fire “Flame” Award in 2018; was a Best Actress finalist for BBC Radio 4’s Audio Drama Awards in 2019 for MY SON THE DOCTOR, which she co-wrote, with Saleyha Ahsan; and won Eastern Eye’s Arts Culture & Theatre Award (ACTA) for her Outstanding Contribution to the Creative Industry in 2019. 

As Co-Founder of Tamasha with Kristine Landon-Smith, their landmark work includes A FINE BALANCE (adapted from Rohinton Mistry’s novel), STRICTLY DANDIA and the award-winning musical FOURTEEN SONGS TWO WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL. Bhuchar’s acclaimed works as a playwright include CHILD OF THE DIVIDE (Winner of the Best Stage Production Asian Media Award in 2018) and MY NAME IS…, which she also adapted for Radio 4, where it was “Pick of the Week” (A program which broadcasts a selection of highlights from the past week on BBC Radio).

She is currently appearing in her one-woman monologue EVENING CONVERSATIONS (recently featured at the Women of the World Festival at Southbank) and is under commission to Radio 3 and Revolution Arts/Wellcome Collection for TOUCHSTONE TALES, an exploration on the theme of Touch with communities in Bury Park.

PERWEEN RAHMAN

INDU SHARMA

An alumni of the National School of Drama in New Delhi, Indu Sharma graduated from the  drama school in 2001. She started as a Hindi theatre and television actor before she quit acting and moved on to casting for Bollywood films and web series. 

 

Project highlights include Hansal Mehta’s web series SCAM 1992 and Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s film SHIKARA with a special mention in his book Unscripted.

 

She returned to acting for Deepa Mehta’s dystopian Netflix sci-fi drama series LEILA. 

ANWAR RASHID

DANISH HUSAIN

Danish Husain is an actor, poet, storyteller and a theatre director. He lives in Mumbai, India, and runs a theatre company called The Hoshruba Repertory. He was instrumental in reviving the lost art form of Urdu storytelling Dastangoi, which he later transformed into a multilingual storytelling project QISSEBAAZI. He has recently been applauded for his roles in the Netflix series TAJ MAHAL 1989 and an independent film MEE RAQSAM on the Zee5 movie screening platform.

CREW BIOGRAPHIES

DIRECTOR

ORLANDO 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; 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 Academy Award-winning LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL), which he executive produced and which grew out of his earlier award-winning short film, SKATEISTAN; TO LIVE AND SKATE KABUL. Von Einsiedel 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.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Aquila Ismail

Aquila Ismail worked as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering in the NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi. She is the author of a seminal novel, Of Martyrs and Marigolds, on the experience of Urdu speaking Pakistanis in erstwhile East Pakistan, when from its ashes rose the state of Bangladesh. She has written extensively on literature, women and development issues for newspapers   and magazines. She has translated a number of Urdu  works of fiction into English, including Harvest of Anger and other Stories, Godavari, and Zindabahar Lane. Her non-fiction works include documentation of the work of Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) a development NGO of Karachi.
 
At present she is pursuing justice, in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, for her sister, Perween Rahman, who was assassinated in March 2013, as a consequence of her work in seeking access to water, sanitation, and land rights for the poor. She is the Chairperson of the Orangi Pilot Project-Research and Training Institute (OPP-RTI), a Development NGO based in Karachi, Pakistan.
WRITER

CHARLOTTE WOLF

Charlotte is a writer working in film and television. In 2017, she was selected for the BBC’s New Talent Hotlist and in 2018 she was nominated for the Breakthrough Talent award at the BAFTA Television Craft Awards for her first TV commission, the 90-minute film INSPECTOR GEORGE GENTLY for Company Pictures and the BBC. She has also written episodes of WHITE STORK for Eleven, MEDICI for Big Light Productions/Netflix and THE LAST KINGDOM for Carnival/Netflix and has several original television and film projects in development, including an upcoming series THE RISING for Sky.

PRODUCER

Abhijeet Chhabra

Abhijeet Chhabra is an independent producer working in the Indian film and advertising industry. He brings his experience of over a decade, with numerous Indian and International crews, to the table with his sharp production sensibilities, technical know-how and work ethics. A handy on set man, he loves small crews, independent films and locations that are challenging. He is a propagator of the power of responsible cinema, that can be used to not only entertain but also enlighten and educate.  If he’s not working, he is possibly riding his motorcycle or looking for adventures in obscure corners of the world. 

PRODUCER

ANDREA CORNWELL

Andrea Cornwell is an award-winning film producer. Her most recent film SAINT MAUD, directed by Rose Glass (Film4, BFI) was released by A24 and Studiocanal, and was one of the most critically acclaimed British films of the year, winning multiple awards including Best British Film at the London Film Critics Circle, and Best Debut Director at the BIFAs. She is currently producing THE ESSEX SERPENT for Apple TV+, directed by Clio Barnard and starring Claire Danes. 

Other recent work includes APOSTASY, directed by Daniel Kokotajlo (BFI, BBC Films) which also received its world premiere in Toronto, and was nominated for a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut, six BIFAs, and won Best British Film at the Screen Awards. In documentary, she produced the feature SEAHORSE directed by Jeanie Finlay (Tribeca Film Festival 2019, UK release in September 2019) and the multi-award-winning BRUCE LEE AND THE OUTLAW, directed by Joost Vandebrug (winner of eleven international awards). Andrea’s previous producing credits include SUITE FRANÇAISE starring Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas and Margot Robbie; LAST DAYS ON MARS starring Liev Schreiber and Olivia Williams (world premiere at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes), the award-winning THE SCOUTING BOOK FOR BOYS, and comedy drama MICRO MEN for the BBC.

Producer

Harri Grace

Harri Grace is a Senior Producer and Executive Producer at two-time Oscar, Emmy and Peabody-winning Grain Media. He is twice Emmy-nominated, Grierson-nominated, and the winner of two Foreign Press Association Awards, a SIMA Award, a One World Media Award, and three New York Festivals Gold Awards.

He has worked extensively with Orlando von Einsiedel, including on LOST AND FOUND and INTO THE FIRE, part of a series of shorts made in collaboration with the Nobel Peace Prize and both premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. LOST AND FOUND was an official selection at San Francisco Doc Stories, DOC NYC and others. It won the Audience Award at AFI Fest and was nominated for two Emmys (including Outstanding Short Documentary 2020). INTO THE FIRE was nominated for Best Short Documentary at the Critics Choice Awards 2020.

PRODUCER

Khalid Waseem

Khalid Waseem is a producer and journalist based in Islamabad, Pakistan. Over the last 20 years, he has worked extensively across the country, making films on topics including Partition with India, the Taliban, adoption, drug rehabilitation, Pakistani art, and the persecution of minorities. His films have been screened across the world, including on the BBC, PBS and Netflix
 
He met Perween Rahman in 2007, and describes her as one of the most impressive people he’s ever met. 
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

FRANKLIN DOW

Cinematographer Franklin Dow’s work has screened at hundreds of film festivals around the world, picking up numerous awards along the way, including an Outstanding Cinematography EMMY for his work on the Oscar and Bafta-nominated film VIRUNGA, directed by Orlando von Einsiedel.
His collaboration with von Einsiedel over the years has resulted in a stunning array of of both feature films and shorts including LOST AND FOUND, EVELYN, A RIDE TO REMEMBER, THE WHITE HELMETS, MOON SHOT, KING OF THE MOUNTAIN, WE ARE FIRE, AISHA’S SONG, MY NAME IS FEKER, RADIO AMINA and SKATEISTAN: TO LIVE AND SKATE KABUL. 
To date, Franklin has shot in 40 countries across 6 continents, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and that breadth of experience continues to inspire his work.
EDITOR

MASAHIRO HIRAKUBO

Masahiro Hirakubo has edited numerous feature films, shorts and television series.  He first worked with Orlando von Einsiedel editing the Academy Award-nominated feature documentary VIRUNGA, followed by the Academy Award-winning documentary short THE WHITE HELMETS and more recently, EVELYN, winner of the 2018 British Independent Film Award for Best Documentary.
His collaborations with some of the finest filmmakers in the business include four films with Danny Boyle: SHALLOW GRAVE, TRAINSPOTTING, A LIFE LESS ORDINARY and THE BEACH, as well as editing Uberto Pasolini’s NOWHERE SPECIAL, Andy Serkis’ feature directorial debut, BREATHE, Stephen Frears’ THE HI-LO COUNTRY.
Masahiro also recently served as Co-Producer of Daniele Rugo and Abi Weaver’s feature documentary ABOUT A WAR.

 

COMPOSER

PATRICK JONSSON

London-based composer Patrick Jonsson composed the score for the 2017 Academy Award-winning ‘The White Helmets’, earning a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Music. He recently worked again with director Orlando von Einsiedel composing the score for ‘Evelyn’, winner of the British Independent Film Award 2018 for Best Documentary, for which Patrick’s score was picked out as one of ‘The Best Scores of 2018’ by Film School Rejects. Patrick and Orlando previously collaborated in 2014 for Academy Award and BAFTA-nominated feature documentary ‘Virunga’, executive produced by Leonardo Di Caprio.

He has twice collaborated with director Alexandria Bombach – first on ‘Frame by Frame’ (co-directed by Mo Scarpelli) and again with ‘On Her Shoulders’, following Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad. For both films, Patrick was nominated for ‘Best Documentary Score’ at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

More recently, Patrick co-composed music for the BBC2/Netflix series ‘Black Earth Rising’ with Martin Phipps, an 8-part series starring Michaela Coel and John Goodman, and wrote additional music with Rupert Gregson-Williams for TNT’s hit series ’The Alienist’ starring Daniel Bruhl and Dakota Fanning.

As a solo artist, Patrick released his debut album ‘Suddenly We Looked Like Giants’ in 2018, which was picked out as one of the best albums of 2018 by Headphone Commute, alongside Olafur Arnalds, Johann Johansson and Max Richter.

CAMPAIGN ADVISOR

Soumaya Balasubramanya

Dr. Soumya Balasubramanya is a senior economist at the International Water Management Institute—CGIAR. She conducts research at the nexus of water, food, energy and development to reduce inequalities and vulnerabilities, which are key for reducing poverty but are exacerbated by climate change. She collaborates with universities, governments and the private sector in low, middle and high income countries to influence research, dialogue and practice on inclusive and responsible growth. Her research has supported international development aid agencies to design and manage investments and programs; and governments in low/middle income countries to develop policy. Her work has been featured in BBC News, Deutsche Welle, Economist Intelligence Unit, Financial Times, Forbes, Free Radio/Radio Liberty, The Guardian and NPR. Soumya received a master’s degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics and Policy from Duke University.

 

CAMPAIGN ADVISOR

Aquila Ismail

Aquila Ismail is the Chairperson of the Orangi Pilot Project (OPP). The OPP is a registered Development NGO based in the Orangi Town Low Income Settlement of Karachi, which provides water and sanitation services to hundreds of thousands of citizens in poor settlements throughout Pakistan. Aquila has a background in Electrical Engineering, and worked as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at NED University of Engineering and Technology in Karachi. She is also an author, and has written extensively on gender and development issues for leading Pakistani newspapers and magazines. Aquila is the sister of Perween Rahman, an acclaimed social worker who was murdered in March 2013. Perween was the previous CEO of the OPP, and it is thought that she was murdered because of the work she did in exposing corruption in Karachi. Aquila and Perween are the subjects of the film INTO DUST.

CAMPAIGN ADVISOR

Christopher McGahey

Christopher McGahey has worked professionally in 25 countries since completing his Ph.D. at The Johns Hopkins University, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering in 1994. There, he studied public health engineering and conducted research on mechanisms of virus removal from water supplies. He began his international career working as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya from 1982 to 1984 and directing a water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) program serving refugees at the Thai-Cambodian border for the International Rescue Committee. He specializes in bridging programmatic challenges between experts in WASH, engineering, public health, social science, communication, and governance as part of a systems approach to water and sanitation service delivery.

His work has ranged from designing and managing USAID’s largest WASH project in war-torn Afghanistan to leading efforts to optimize the integration of water security and resilience concerns into sustainability planning. Dr. McGahey’s current portfolio focuses on improving service delivery, supporting municipal water supply management, and targeting improved services toward vulnerable and marginalized populations. Since 2013, he has served as Managing Director of his independent consultancy, Hillaria International, collaborating with multiple clients including the U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering, IMA World Health, Millennium Challenge Corporation/University Research Corporation, Management Sciences for Health, Tetratech, IRCWash, Aguaconsult, Plan International, Safe Water Network, The World Bank, and the World Wildlife Fund.

INTO DUST

WHEN A CITY’S WATER IS STOLEN

WHO WILL STAND UP AND FIGHT?

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