DAGHWAH - A PROFESSION IN DECLINE

Just south of the Emirate of Fujairah, located along the Gulf of Oman, lies the town of Kalba. It really isn’t much more than a little fishing village, but this tiny exclave of the Emirate of Sharjah had always intrigued me. Several years ago, I would regularly be in the area for photographic and film work — taking advantage of Fujairah’s unique status as the only Emirate of the UAE that is almost totally mountainous — and would always find my way down to Kalba for a fuel stop.

Numerous pickup trucks, colourful, and yet almost becoming consumed by their surroundings, lay seemingly randomly scattered by this beach. Their function was a complete mystery, but they bore the scars and heavy patina of decades of hard labour and the constant proximity to corrosive salt water.

It was the desire to uncover the purpose of these trucks that lead me back to Kalba in the summer of 2014. This is when I learned their role as part of the Daghwah fishing method. Thanks to the kind fisherman and the help of Saif Matar, I came to know more about the history, process and challenges that the Daghwah fishermen now are facing. This is their story.

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

American Documentary Film Festival, US, 2015

Athens International Film & Video Festival, US, 2015

Brooklyn Film Festival, US, 2015

Big Apple Film Festival, US, 2015

Madrid International Film Festival, Spain, 2015

Tenerife International Film Festival, Spain, 2015

Green Caravan Film Festival, UK, 2015

Tutti Nello Stesso Piatto Film Festival, Italy, 2015

NOMINATIONS

Tenerife International Film Festival

Best Short Documentary

Best Director of a Short Documentary

Best Cinematography in a Documentary

Best Editing of a Documentary

Scientific & Educational Award

Madrid International Film Festival

Best Producer of a Foreign Language Documentary

Scientific & Educational Award

CREDITS

Director & Editor: Moe Najati

Producer: Menimienai Saifu

Director Of Photography: Asif Limbada

Music: Chris Elliott, Dominik Johnson, Alex Tschallener,

Ed Watkins and Rob Lord.

Sound Recordist: Kamran Kalson & Zeeshan Tahir.

Sound Mixing: Chris Mallari

Color Grade: Azin Samar

Thanks:

Saif Matar and his team.

Umar Farooq

Filmmaster MEA

Essa Sheikh

Charbel Reaidy

Montage

James Davison