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
Best Short Documentary - Tenerife International Film Festival
Best Director of a Short Documentary - Tenerife International Film Festival
Best Cinematography in a Documentary - Tenerife International Film Festival
Best Editing of a Documentary - Tenerife International Film Festival
Scientific & Educational Award - Tenerife International Film Festival
Best Producer of a Foreign Language Documentary - Madrid International Film Festival
Scientific & Educational Award - Madrid International Film Festival
Director & Editor: Moe Najati
Producer: Menimienai Saifu
Executive Producer: Tony Lehal
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
Saif Matar and his team.