Pieter du Plessis, South Africa, 2020

92mins, English with English Subtitles

When Rachel and her traumatised family find asylum at a remote farmstead in a barren landscape, she believes that they have found a place to rest before moving on again, until the matriarch of the farm asks her to marry one of her sons. This sets off a cascade of clashing allegiances and ideologies that becomes more and more constricting to the young woman, her crippled father and adopted little brother. Dust is a slow burning tension thriller set in a post-apocalyptic world.


Pieter du Plessis is a filmmaker from Johannesburg, South Africa. From an early age, Pieter learnt the ins-and-outs of storytelling from his grandfather, legendary Afrikaans writer PG du Plessis. He obtained a degree in journalism, discovered a love for philosophy, and decided to become a filmmaker. He worked on television series and feature films for more than a decade, honing his craft and knowledge of all the different s of filmmaking. He is the writer/director of Arts, a 24-minute short film made for kykNET’s Silwerskerm Film Festival. The Furnace, his first produced feature film screenplay (which he co-wrote with director Darrell Roodt who directed the Academy Award®-nominated Yesterday), was nominated for Best Foreign Screenplay at the 2019 Madrid International Film Festival.

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