IFFI 53 presents the first feature film in Indian film history to have a star cast comprising only indigenous people

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IFFI 53 presents the first feature film in Indian film history to have a star cast comprising only indigenous people

Get inspired by ‘Dhabari Quruvi’, the tale of the rise of a tribal phoenix from the ashes

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11 NOV 2022 7:26PM by PIB Mumbai

#IFFIWood, 11 November 2022

She rises from the ashes, to fearlessly proclaim the exclusive right she has on her body and the decisions involving it. Yes, you would not want to miss the chance to be inspired, by the elevating story of girls belonging to a tribal community in Kerala.

The fascinating story is brought to us by ‘Dhabari Quruvi‘, the first film in the history of Indian cinema to star only people from indigenous communities. Directed by National Award-winning filmmaker Priyanandan, the film also has the distinction of having been shot completely in the tribal language of Irula.

The film is being presented at the 53rd edition of the International Film Festival of India, which is set to open in Goa on 20th November, 2022. And yes, the 104-minute-long feature film is all set to have its world premiere in the Indian Panorama section of IFFI.

Portrayal of indigenous people in Indian cinema has often been criticised for its failure to look beyond stereotypes. Amidst a cinematic tradition and culture which may not have done justice to the true identity and culture of tribal peoples, Dhabari Quruvi is expected to stand out as a candle spreading founts of newfound hope and inspiration. Set against the background of tribal rituals and culture, the film invites viewers to join the tempestuous journey of a tribal girl as she battles convention and seeks to free herself from the chains with which society had tied her lot.

In Irula language, Dhabari Quruvi means ‘a sparrow with an unknown father’. The mythological bird, which is part of the tribal folklore, captures the untold tales of the unseen people who suffer quietly, who yearn to break the shackles of injustice, whose agonies and struggles the film seeks to bring to light.

So, who are the actors who bestow the film with the honour of having a unique star cast? They are around sixty people, belonging to Irula, Muduka, Kurumba and Vaduka tribal communities of Attappadi, a scheduled tribe hamlet of the southern Indian state of Kerala. Quite a few of them had not ever seen a film in their entire life.

The actors were selected from an acting workshop conducted at Attappadi in which around 150 people participated. Meenakshi, Shyamini, Anuprasobhini and Muruki play main roles in the film. The cast also includes Nanjiyamma, the tribal woman from Attappady who got the 68th National Film Award for Best Female Singer last year.

Dhabari Quruvi has bagged URF world record for being the only feature film starring only tribals. The film has also been selected to the International Film Festival of Kerala.

Producer: Ajith Vinayaka Films, Aevas Visual Magic Private Limited

Screenplay:  Priyanandanan, Kuppuswamy M, Smitha Sailesh, K.B. Hari and Lijo Panadan.

Cinematographer: Aswaghoshan

Editor: Ekalavyan

Don’t miss this unique film at IFFI 53. It is set to touch delegates’ hearts on November 24, 9.30 AM onwards, @ INOX Panjim Audi 2.

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Tai Garcia Presents the Perfect Bedtime Story Made with Love

It started with a bedtime story.

San Diego, CA – WEBWIRE

Deciding to make a children’s book certainly does not pop up in a person’s mind out of nowhere. For author, Tai L. Garcia, it started with a simple bedtime story that she told her daughter, Simone. Now, that story has come to life, taking its young readers to some whimsical, action-packed adventures.

In collaboration with her father, “Princess Momo and the Magic Mantis” is vibrant as ever because of the fun illustrations that one can find in every page. They were illustrated by David Garcia, Tai’s father. David has a degree in Physics and has been drawing since he was a child. As a father and grandfather, he shares his artwork with his children and grandchildren. Through their book, he is once again able to share more.

Tai, on the other hand, writes for enjoyment and is in the process of pursuing her Ph.D in Information Systems and Technology. Together with her father, they have begun creating future stories children can enjoy in the world of Momo and the Magic Mantis. This first book of the series follows the first meeting of Momo and the Magic Mantis and their first adventure together. The two goes out into the night, meeting new friends along the way. Each illustration depicts their fun time, filling the book with magic, enchantment, and valuable moral lessons to learn from.

A masterpiece of a father and a daughter, this book series is the perfect bedtime story to tell your children every night; a magical story made with love.

Buy the book at: https://youronlinepublicist.com/product/princess-momo-and-the-magic-mantis-by-tai-garcia/

“Princess Momo and the Magic Mantis”

Author: Tai Garcia

Publisher: Your Online Publicist

Publication Date: February 2022

Pages: 34

Product Dimensions : 8.5 x 8.5

Genre: Children’s Books

About the Author

Tai L. Garcia writes for enjoyment and is in the process of pursuing her Ph.D. in Information Systems and Technology. David B. Garcia has a degree in Physics and began drawing as a child. As an adult he shared his artwork with his children and now his grandchildren.

When Tai was growing up, she loved her father’s art and was happy to join forces with him on the great adventure of “Princess Momo and the Magic Mantis.” The two have already begun creating future stories for your enjoyment in the Princess Momo and Magic Mantis series.

FINEXPO Presents Blockchain Fest Singapore 2023

FINEXPO is proud to bring Blockchain Fest 2023 to Marina Bay Sands Convention Center, Singapore, one of the biggest venues in Singapore. Singapore is the most crypto friendly environment and a real hub of modern financial Asia inviting companies from Europe and the world to join the event. The event will be held on 16-17 February 2023 starting at 10 AM Singapore time until 6 PM. FINEXPO is the largest company experienced in organizing financial and trading events, fairs, and expo worldwide since 2002. This event will gather top professionals, global leaders, or even beginners in this industry from different sectors such as blockchain, cryptocurrencies, crypto exchanges, decentralized finance (DeFi), mining, payment systems, and investment choose to join this event in Singapore.

After 20 years of producing conferences, forums, summits, shows, exhibitions, festivals, all over Europe, South East Asia, Russia, and USA, FINEXPO is going to take place in Singapore to attract the world of blockchain enthusiasts to one place during the day. FINEXPO always aims to create phenomenal shows and substantial series of events. Its main goal is to connect people from all over the world at unique events like this. FINEXPO is eager to discover the potential of the connected world and exchange knowledge from the speakers and attendees.

There will be interactive panel discussions and fireside chat sessions to discuss on ‘hot topic’. Not only keynote session, there are also speeches from honored speakers with impressive expertise in blockchain. The speakers will make educational speeches and will be sharing valuable insights in the conference halls. There will be more and more potential speakers from all over the world. The Blockchain Fest program itself will be full of entertainment, lucky draws, fantastic prizes, welcome party, gala dinner and music. This event will be divided into 4 halls, Conference Hall, Exhibition Space, Networking Hall, and Gala Dinner space.

If you are interested in investment, crypto trading, NFTs and the FinTech industry, this is definitely a must visit event. Join the networking app FINEXPO.Asia on your mobile phone to see the details program and participate in polls and forums. This is the opportunity to meet great international speakers along with the best presenters from all around the world. Blockchain Fest SIngapore 2023 is open to all people who have passion in investing and trade crypto and are motivated to learn. If you are looking for ways to improve your knowledge and get connections with people who have the same passion, you are encouraged to register in this link https://blockchain-fest.asia/#top. There are 4 types of tickets : Expo, Standard, Business, and VIP tickets. Get your invitation card here !

For more information and previous events documentation you can check our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BlockchainFest.asia. You may also download FINEXPO app here : Google Play store : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=asia.finexpo.org&hl=ru

Apple Store : https://apps.apple.com/ru/app/finexpo-asia/id1269056696


Japan – JCB presents STAR ISLAND Singapore Countdown Edition 2022-2023

STAR ISLAND Singapore Countdown Edition returns December 31 to The Float at Marina Bay. The one and only futuristic fireworks entertainment display will be held for the first time in three years against the iconic Marina Bay city skyline. Colorful HANABI hand-crafted fireworks will illuminate the sky in a kaleidoscope of colors as never before seen in Singapore.

Presented by JCB, the major Japanese credit card brand, and Sanrio, home of Hello Kitty and kawaii (cute) Japanese popular culture, as premier sponsor, STAR ISLAND Singapore interfuses spectacular HANABI (Japanese fireworks) with dynamic laser displays, immersive sound and breathtaking performances into a single, seamless 70-minute countdown performance.

STAR ISLAND has received worldwide acclaim and has been invited to celebrate national anniversaries in Japan, Singapore, and Saudi Arabia. STAR ISLAND is the first entertainment to offer Japanese HANABI (traditional fireworks) with captivating performance technologies, immersive 3D audio and laser lighting, in iconic and spectacular locations.

Prequel to STAR ISLAND, a free-admission event at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) Event Plaza from December 25 to 30, will offer a glimpse into the magical world of STAR ISLAND. The Prequel event area will also be available as a ticket-based satellite location for the main show on December 31.

Waitlist for tickets and further show details available at https://www.starisland.sg.

– Singapore: 20 Oct (Thu) 10:00 AM SGT – https://starisland.sg/
– Japan: 20 Oct (Thu) 11:00 AM JST – https://star-island.jp/

STAR ISLAND Singapore Countdown Edition 2022-2023
– Saturday, 31 December 2022 / Details to be announced
– The Float @ Marina Bay / 20 Raffles Ave, Singapore
– Images: www.instagram.com/starisland_world/
– Presented by: JCB Co, Ltd
– Sponsored by: Sanrio Co, Ltd
– Supported by: (UR) Urban Redevelopment Authority /
– (SG) Singapore Tourism Board – Passion Made Possible
– Produced by: Avex Asia / Avex, Inc.

About Avex Asia
Avex Asia Pte. Ltd. organizes and holds live music events and anime-related events as the Asian headquarters of Japan’s Avex Group. Moreover, it also rolls out license businesses using not only IPs* held by Avex, but various other IPs as well. To learn more, please visit https://avex.com.
*IP stands for Intellectual Property. In the field of entertainment, music, artists, television personalities, anime, video works, games, characters and others are referred to as IPs.

About JCB
JCB is a major global payment brand and leading credit card issuer and acquirer in Japan, launching its card business in Japan in 1961 and expanding worldwide in 1981. JCB has formed alliances with hundreds of leading banks and financial institutions. Its network includes more than 39 million merchants worldwide, and more than 140 million cardmembers. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to providing responsive and quality services and products to all customers worldwide. Learn more, please visit www.global.jcb/en/.

Ayaka Nakajima
Corporate Communications
Tel: +81-3-5778-8353
Email: jcb-pr@jcb.co.jp


Japan – Eisai Presents Results of Post Hoc Analysis of Eribulin Mesylate (HALAVEN) at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress 2022

Eisai Co., Ltd. announced today results from a post hoc analysis of three randomized, pivotal, Phase 3 studies (EMBRACE trial/Study 305, Study 301 and Study304) evaluating the efficacy of eribulin mesylate (marketed as HALAVEN) versus other chemotherapies (Treatment of Physician’s Choice [TPC], capecitabine, and vinorelbine, respectively) in patients living with metastatic breast cancer (mBC) whose tumors have low or no HER2 expression. These data were presented as a poster (Presentation: #259P) at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Annual Meeting (#ESMO22), held virtually and in-person in Paris, France from September 9-13, 2022.

The HER2-low breast cancer subtype is a newly defined subset consisting of tumors that would have previously been considered HER2-negative based on an immunohistochemistry (IHC) assay and an in situ hybridization (ISH) assay. HER2-low tumors express low amounts of the HER2 protein, but not enough to be considered HER2-positive. HER2-low is defined as an IHC of 1+ or 2 with a negative ISH. Of the approximate 288,000 new cases of female breast cancer expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2022,(1) it is estimated that approximately 80-85% of patients would previously have been considered to have the HER2-negative subtype. Of those patients, about 60% would now be considered to have the HER2-low subtype.(2)

“In this post-hoc analysis, the outcomes seen in mBC patients whose tumors are considered HER2-low are consistent with the results of the three pivotal Phase 3 clinical trials,” said Dr. Takashi Owa, Chief Scientific Officer, Senior Vice President, Eisai Co., Ltd. “As the oncology community’s understanding of mBC continues to evolve, it’s important that we continue to evaluate the role of existing therapies in new contexts to contribute to the body of knowledge that is available to health care professionals.”

(1) National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute website, “Cancer Stat Facts: Female Breast Cancer”: https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/breast.html
(2) U.S. FOOD & DRUG ADMINISTRATION website, “FDA Approves First Targeted Therapy for HER2-Low Breast Cancer”: bit.ly/3xc0N7q

For more information, visit www.eisai.com/news/2022/pdf/enews202266pdf.pdf.

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Public Relations Department
Eisai Co., Ltd.

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