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Maha'mel (Ships) (Maha'mel)

Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2019

Dhabya Al-Muhannadi / Short Documentary / Qatar / 2018 / 6 min / DCP / In (none)
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.


Deep in the shipyards of Doha, amidst the whirring of table saws and heavy machinery, we enter the world of Dhow boat construction. Primarily still crafted by hand, with the metalwork relentlessly hammered and worked straight from the furnace, this silent meditative film gives us a glimpse into the precision engineering and expert craftsmanship that is involved in the creation of Qatar's most iconic vessel.

About the Director

Dhabya AlMuhannadi is a Northwestern Alumni who graduated in 2018. Her filmography includes 'Ali William' (2016), 'Maha’mel' (2018), 'Juthoor/Roots' (2017), and is currently developing her first narrative 'Dika’an'.


Dhabya Al-Muhannadi
Dhabya Al-Muhannadi
Dhabya Al-Muhannadi feat. Al-Maha Hassan Al Marzouqi

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