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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Hooray for Tollywood

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ALEX DALY JOHNSON WRITES – The United Arab Emirate’s 2nd annual Bengali movie competition, Abhijaan (“Expedition” in English), ran from February 5 to 7 final week. West Bengal of India has had a movie trade relationship again to the early Nineties, and plenty of critically acclaimed movies have originated in ‘Tollywood,’ Kolkata.

Because of the lack of Bangla theater current within the UAE, Indian expats fashioned this movie competition, which premiered again in January 2014. Already a mini-hub for movie festivals, each Dubai and Abu Dhabi hosted their very own, which featured movies which have acquired Oscar nominations corresponding to Birdman and The Imitation Sport.

The Dubai Worldwide Movie Pageant honored these in Arab cinema with the 2014 Muhr Awards. Abhijaan is greater than only a strategy to take pleasure in Bengali movies.  It is usually a celebration of tradition that features trend, artwork, and panel periods with the filmmakers. Since most movies had been shot in Bengali, English subtitles had been supplied with the screenings.

Abhijaan just isn’t solely consultant of the rising movie scene within the UAE, but in addition exhibits the growing presence of Indian tradition. The UAE has a complete of two.2 million Indian staff, or a fifth of the abroad Indian employee inhabitants.

A current examine printed by Al’amal journal of the UAE’s Ministry of Labor has discovered that Indian staff earn two and a half instances greater than their counterparts of their dwelling nation. This examine was in a position to verify that the UAE holds corporations as much as a normal that protects the employee’s rights, corresponding to requiring corporations to pay their staff in a well timed method.

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Whereas the examine comes from a supply that could be extremely motivated (and inspired) to current the federal government in the absolute best gentle, Abhijaan is definitely a step in the precise course for incorporating the Indian inhabitants into the UAE.

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