The screening was followed by an introduction by local award winning film-maker, Jonathan Ali Khan, on The Shark Quest Arabia Initiative. This 2-part TV and awareness documentary project-in-progress aims to better understand the lack of information regarding Arabia's sharks and identify the problems affecting species populations. The audience were then treated to 2 promos for 'Arabia's Sharks – Life on the Edge' and 'Arabia's Whale Sharks – Gentle Nomads of the Arabian Sea', two wonderful films encouraging views to rethink their attitudes, and reconnect with their local marine life.
For further information about Shark Quest Arabia click here.
The evening's events were rounded off with a Q & A session with Jonathan Ali Khan and Reema (currently conducting her PhD on fisheries) with interesting topics raised such as the affect of controversy and sensitivity on the Arabian Sharks, increasing community understanding on the impact of fisheries on shark populations and the need for fishermen, trade organisations and consumers to work together to improve the current situation in the UAE.
The event was also a perfect chance to launch the Elasmobranch Protection Group UAE Facebook page.
26 June 2012
Community Cinema Dubai teamed up with Global Ocean and the Emirates Diving Association (EDA) to present "Requiem" at the Vox Cinema in Mall of the Emirates. The film "Requiem" documented the true nature and purpose of one of the most misunderstood predators on our planet, with up close and personal footage of the Bull Shark, Caribbean Reef Shark, Tiger Shark and Lemon Shark.
"Requiem", produced by WildAid, presented some shocking facts and figures to viewers – for example, during the 40 minute film 6,500 sharks had been killed by humans for their fins (for soup), jaws (for souvenirs) or cartilage (for pharmaceuticals). The documentary showed the audience that the 370+ species of the Requiem family are essential for marine ecosystem health and balance, and deserve respect.
(Photo credits to Pia Torelli)
Requiem Film Screening