Private Project

The Fishermen

Three fishermen run away from the crowded city towers and lights. Every night they take their small boat to the dark, under the light of the moon. In the middle of the sea, they are far away from everything that reflects the modernity of Doha. With their fishing equipment, boat and resilience, they try to catch as much fish as they can to sell them the next day. We follow their efforts on this trip.

  • Obada Jarbi
  • Obada Jarbi
  • Ibrahim Nashat
  • Zahed Bata
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    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2017
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Director Biography - Obada Jarbi

Obada Yousef Jarbi is a Jordanian resident of Qatar, born in 1995. He is an aspiring filmmaker currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication and Broadcast Journalism at Qatar University. He began his filmmaking career in 2014 when he participated in filming and producing local films until he made his directorial debut with the documentary “Addicted to Alienation”. Through creating films, Jarbi “hopes to send a meaningful message to the audiences”.

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Director Statement

In 2000, I moved to empty Doha, Qatar. 17 years later, almost nothing remains the same, no infrastructure left unturned, no building left untorn, no treasure left unfound. This country is a melting pot of cultures and languages, yet it baffles me that no ingredient loses it’s original flavor. The residents of Doha hold on to their roots, traditions, cultures and languages, making communication almost a phenomenon. The Fishermen is a story of three men from completely different backgrounds, speaking different languages spending hours on end together calmly fishing, juxta-positioned by the ferocity of the city. These men put their differences aside and forget about their surroundings for a few hours to sell the fish at the end of each day. Both the physical and the emotional position of these expatriate men, being in the middle of nowhere under the cover of somewhere, is a metaphor for how I feel being in this country and thus the feeling I would like for it to translate to the audience. The Fishermen is a story of belonging to a place where nothing belongs and the patient routine of fishing in the loud city of Doha.