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DDocumentary Competition

Sounds of the Sea

Sounds of the Sea

Original Title: Sawt Al Bahar
Director: Nujoom Al Ghanem
United Arab Emirates | Arabic
2014 | 93min.
Subtitles: English
Format: DCP
Humaid Al Shehi, the head of Umm Al Quwain Folklore Society, works on reviving one of the traditional sea songs that hasn’t been performed properly in decades because it requires the ritual of being sung in the sea on a traditional rowing boat and in participation with a big number of singers. He realizes that in order to have a successful performance, he must ask Saif Alzibadi, their teacher and one of the most famous sea singers in the whole country, to join them and be the lead singer. Saif wishes to cross Umm Al Quwain Creek for the last time in his life on a fishing boat and to sing one of his old folklore songs to the fishermen. Unfortunately he is considered disabled in the eyes of very many people around him including his own children. His closest friend Sultan Bin Ghaffan takes the risk to help Alzibadi accomplish his dream in secret and make the journey to the other shore of the sea as they used to do when they were young. The film is a witness to the constraints of old age in the face of friendship and long-lost dreams. —Mohammad Khawaja

Director,  Nujoom Al Ghanem

Director,  Nujoom Al Ghanem

Nujoom Alghanem is a film director and poet from the United Arab Emirates, where she currently lives and works. She was born in Dubai and graduated with an MA in film production from Griffith University in Australia in 1999. In 1996, she earned her BS degree in video production from Ohio University in the US. Alghanem directed several short films, including Ice Cream (1997), The Park (1997) and Between Two Banks (1999), and has directed the feature-length documentaries Almureed (2008), Hamama (2011), Amal (2010) and Red, Blue, Yellow (2011).

Cast and Crew

Director
Nujoom Al Ghanem
Production Company
Nahar Productions
Sales Contact
Nahar Productions
Music
Marwan Abado
Producer
Nujoom Al Ghanem
Screenwriter
Nujoom Al Ghanem
Editor
Anne de Mo
Cinematographer
Marco Pasquini
Sound
Lama Sawaya
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