An Indian film festival will be held in Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital, from March 25 where the inaugural movie will be Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.
Malayalam film director Blessy and India's National Award winning director Budhdeb Dasgupta are expected to attend the festival.
The event, being organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage and the Embassy of India, is supported by the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Nine films will be screened during the festival. While the inaugural film is in English, the other eight are in various Indian languages with subtitles in English.
The films are voices with strong social issues like suicides, social reformes and mental trauma.
The festival will be inaugurated by the Ambassador of India to the UAE Chandra Mohan Bhandari. The festival partners are Air-India and UAE Exchange.
The other films to be screened are Kathavaseshan (The Deceased), Heda Hoda (The Blind Camel), Oorukku Nooruper (A Hundred Voices for a Cause), Kazcha (Vision), Kaalpurush (Memories in the Mist), Nizhalkkuthu (Shadow Kill), Not Only Mrs Raut and Maqbool.