posted on 05/06/2012: 1967 views
Following a strong response to the UAE Pavilion's main film at EXPO 2012 the National Media Council has also released ‘The Turtle' on the dedicated UAE YouTube Channel: 'filmsonuae'.
Already watched by over 150,000 visitors, the film has been praised for its dramatic and entertaining presentation of a strong environmental story.
'The Turtle', described by viewers as reminding them of ‘Mission Impossible', stars a young Emirati schoolboy/actor, Ahmed Al Dahoouri who plays the part of ‘Ali'. Devastated by the death of ‘Pearl', a turtle that had been under study for over 40 years, Ali is determined to stop the unnecessary carnage to marine life caused by plastic bags. Pearl had ingested a bag thinking it was a jellyfish. The blockage in its digestive tract caused Pearl to become positively buoyant and unable to feed on the seabed. It starved to death.
Ali's solution, a ban on non-biodegradable plastics in the UAE - an initiative taken up in real life by the UAE Government - helped to create seas free from plastic pollution.
The film's release on YouTube has been met with strong responses with around 2000 online viewers in the first few days.
"This is a film that we want the whole world to watch. It shows that individual action really can make a difference", said the pavilion's Director, Abdullah Al Aidarous.
In addition to The Turtle, the YouTube Channel (http://www.youtube.com/filmsonuae) also contains other films on display at its EXPO 2012 Pavilion in Korea. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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