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Al Jazeera: Tsunami aid misuse focus of film

By Indiewire | Indiewire December 14, 2005 at 11:29AM

Dhruv Dhawan just wanted to make a film about Sri Lankan survivors of the tsunami, but he stumbled upon a classic tale of how developing countries on the long march to prosperity often ride roughshod over the poor. But Dhawan's "From Dust," shot in the southern towns of Galle and Koggala, suggests that the poor were just duped into vacating what in today's world is considered prime real estate. "They were lied to and a lot of fear was instilled among them [of a new tsunami]," Dhawan said after the documentary was premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival on Monday. Al Jazeera reports.
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Dhruv Dhawan just wanted to make a film about Sri Lankan survivors of the tsunami, but he stumbled upon a classic tale of how developing countries on the long march to prosperity often ride roughshod over the poor. But Dhawan's "From Dust," shot in the southern towns of Galle and Koggala, suggests that the poor were just duped into vacating what in today's world is considered prime real estate. "They were lied to and a lot of fear was instilled among them [of a new tsunami]," Dhawan said after the documentary was premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival on Monday. Al Jazeera reports.