A man retraces the footsteps of his lost love. David embarks on a journey to the troubled heart of India, where his girlfriend Mumtaz was last seen. Her death has hit him hard. Mumtaz was a photographer. David’s only remaining clue as to how she spent her final days is one of her photos which depicts a small boy. In search of the boy, he meets the ageing, cynical Dr Sharda whom he asks for help. But before long David finds himself confronted with Sharda’s dark past - a past that Mumtaz documented in her photographs. It transpires that Sharda is the commander of a camp where boys are trained to fight the exploitative state.
When one of the boys deserts, the collective anger of the group turns against the boy’s brother, Krishna. At the same time, Radha, a young girl fleeing violent attacks on her village, reaches the nearest town. Set against the backdrop of a left-wing uprising, Dust walks the line between the world of memory and the brief sparks of a possible future and creates a multilayered portrait of people caught up in an inhumane conflict.
by Udita Bhargava
with Morten Holst, Vinay Pathak, Abu Bakr Golu, Kalyanee Mulay, Babita Goyal, Meghna Agarwal, Amrita Bagchi
Germany / India 2019 Hindi, English 80’ Colour


  • Morten Holst (David)
  • Vinay Pathak (Dr. Sharda)
  • Abu Bakr Golu (Krishna)
  • Kalyanee Mulay (Radha)
  • Babita Goyal (Young Radha)
  • Meghna Agarwal (Radha's Friend)
  • Amrita Bagchi (Mumtaz)


Written and Directed by Udita Bhargava
Cinematography Philipp Meise
Editing Anders Villadsen
Music Alexandra Barkovskaya
Sound Design Persefoni Miliou
Sound Alexandra Praet
Costumes Nandita Shah
Make-Up Franziska Mayntz
Assistant Director Aakash Jamra
Production Managers B. Narayanswamy Subramani, Julia Klett
Executive Producer Udita Bhargava
Producer Titus Kreyenberg
Co-Production Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf Potsdam
maze pictures Berlin
VK Art & Design Indore

Udita Bhargava

Born in India in 1982, she has taken degrees in mass communication and English literature and has studied directing at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. She has worked as a camera assistant, photographer and post-production assistant on international productions including Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, Lars von Trier’s Antichrist and Mira Nair’s The Migration. Her short films have screened at festivals around the world, with her most recent, Imraan, c/o Carrom Club, winning the 3sat Promotional Award at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. Dust is her debut feature film.


2010 Dazwischen (In Between); short film 2011 MindSpace; short documentary 2012 Pitch baut einen Ball und zerstört ihn (Pitch Builds a Ball and Destroys It); short film 2014 Imraan, c/o Carrom Club; short film 2019 Dust

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019