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Reality shows’ judges are biased against women entrants in top international music competitions, but audiences made up of the public do not display this bias, new research from Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) shows.

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The essence of cinema lies not just in its contemporary allure but also in the preservation and celebration of its glorious past. The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2023 unveiled recently a spectacular showcase: the Restored Classics Section, a result of the meticulous efforts of the National Film Development Corporation and the National Film Archive of India under the National Film Heritage Mission. This section featured seven world premieres of impeccably restored Indian classics, breathing new life into damaged celluloid reels and bringing back their grandeur.

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It is a widely accepted paradigm that films possess an extraordinary power to transcend boundaries, sharing collective human experiences and uniting viewers through the universal language of human emotions. This year’s opening film "Catching Dust" shares the same ethos and enthralled the audience at the 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), being held in Goa.

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‘Gandhi Talks’, the first silent movie screened at IFFI, aims to recreate the nostalgia of classic silent movies. The movie brings out the dichotomy between Gandhi on currency notes and Gandhi's ideals that everyone wishes to imbibe.

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The directorial venture of Anand Ekarshi, ‘Attam’ explores the dynamics between an individual and a group when pitted in certain uncomfortable situations.

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The 54th International Film Festival of India commenced on November 20, igniting the passion of cinephiles worldwide. This festival, tracing its roots back to 1952, has evolved into a beacon of cultural exchange within the global film community. IFFI serves more than just a celebration of films; it stands as evidence of cinema’s potency in nurturing global harmony.

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