The Auction House: A Tale of Two Brothers

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Sociopolitical Documentary hosted by Edward Owles, published by Al-Jazeera broadcasted as part of Al-Jazeera Witness series in 2017 - English narration

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Two brothers fight to save their family business, the oldest auction house in India, a piece of Kolkata's heritage. After a long career working in business in the UK, Anwer Saleem has returned to Kolkata to revive the fortunes of his family's ramshackle auction house, The Russell Exchange. It was bought from the British by his grandfather in 1940 and has been in the family ever since. Once it was the Sotheby's of India but these days it is living out a much humbler reality. The auctions attract people from across Indian society, rich and poor, but the company is not making a profit. The odds are stacked against Anwer, who needs to motivate the staff and his younger brother Arshad to modernise in the internet age. As the brothers come to terms with each other, their amusing relationship gives an insight into whether old family businesses can adapt and survive in 21st-century India.


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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L3.1
  • Video Bitrate: CRF 20 (~2793Kbps)
  • Video Resolution: 1280x664
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.93:1
  • Frames Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: HE-AAC
  • Audio Bitrate: 64Kbps CBR 24KHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 47 mins
  • Number Of Parts: 1
  • Part Size: 971 MB
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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