A Place Called Home is an hour-long documentary commissioned by Abu Dhabi Media that follows the lives of five expat workers in the UAE.
Profiling expats from diverse social, ethnic and national backgrounds, filmmakers also travelled to the homes of the five subjects to meet their families and to see how they handled the absence of husbands or daughters.
The National will be posting the film in full just after midnight on Wednesday, June 3.
You can see it at https://www.thenationalnews.com/documentary
Kalam Noor, entrepreneur from Bangladesh
Kalam, 56, has built a successful tailoring business and offers employment to men from his home village.
Mina Mirasevic, cabin crew supervisor at Etihad Airways from Serbia
Mina, 29, left her parents in Belgrade to move to Abu Dhabi two-and-a-half years ago. She was previously studying international economics but worried about her job prospects.
Bikram Singh, labourer at Arabtec from India
Bikram, whose wife and two children remain in the Punjab region of India, earns Dh1,500 a month, most of which he sends home to put his children through an “expensive school”.
Evelyn Mayormita, teaching assistant from The Philippines
Evelyn, 27, has been in Dubai for four years. Her story focuses on her daughter Shane-May, 5, who lives with Evelyn’s mother in Pagadian City, in Zamboanga del Sur province.
Bethi Malesh, ;abourer at Arabtec from India
Bethi moved to Abu Dhabi nine years ago. He works as a rigger on a construction site. Bethi phones his wife and son every two or three days, and relies on videos sent to his phone to watch his son grow.
A Place Called Home: A story shot across five continents. See it here on June 3. https://www.thenationalnews.com/documentary