Film Festivals are evolving for the better:
It is very encouraging to see Film Festivals in Asia and the MiddleEast evolve into mature collaborative environments for the film fraternity, rather than just hot-spots for Celebrity spotting. The previous trend at regional film festivals was to boast bagging rights to strut a big name Hollywood star on the red-carpet.
AbuDhabi Film Festival 2012, broke this mould by offering a series of workshops, free of cost, to regional film makers and students of media and film institutions.
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Riga isn’t Complete yet – The Legend:
According to the legend, every hundred years an old man emerges from the River Daugava and puts a question to the first passer-by, “Is Riga complete yet?” If ever the passer-by said, “Yes,” the city of Riga would go down to the bottom of the river, so one must always answer, “No.” The legend hints to the end of the city once it is complete and “ready”; thus, Latvian ancestors used the predicament as a code for perpetual growth and love for change.