Gaza, Palestinian Territories
August 14, 2014
OPEN NATS, SUNRISE OVER GAZA CITY/WATER MOVING, THEN WATER UNDER BOAT AND FISHERMEN.
ON CAMERA/OPEN SOT: FARES EL-HESSI, GAZA FISHERMAN, then to PUTTING WATER COVER ON:
I am fares Murad Rahab El-Hessi. I work as a fisherman and learned from my ancestors. I have worked this profession for 20 years.
VOICE OVER/FARES, BROLL OF FISHING, ARRANGING BOAT, CREW AS WELL FISHING OUT ON WATER, OTHERS PASSING
SOT: We are catching fish to sell it to a trader. The trader will sell it in the market.
SOT: We don’t know what the average daily income will be catching fish. Sometimes we collect 800 or 900 dollars. And sometimes the situation is very bad and we cannot even get 100 dollars.
ON CAM/SOT: (start) We sail the boat from 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. the next day, we work on two shifts, my brother and me.
NATSOUND, FARES AND NEPHEWS LOOKING OUT, BENDING OVER, SHOUTING LOOKING FOR FISH, PROGRESSION TO PUTTING OUT THE LINE AND SARDINE PILE...
SOT: Now we have see the fish, we observe the fish in the sea, and when we see it we throw the nets, all the time we observe the fish...to let us can catch.
(butt to) SOT: In the areas we sail, we can only catch small sardines, we throw the nets into the sea, the small sardines are so small we cannot see them,
/QT DIP TO BLACK/
EM-ABED SOT ONCAM: -- THEN BROLL FARES WALKING IN TO EAT AFTER FISHING
Palestinian women depend on their husbands , and because of the bad economic situation we [the family] cannot depend on anyone other than my husband, and even kids feel sad if there is nothing to eat or money in the house.
DIP UP - START ON CAM/BUTT TO SOT FARES /THEN/
COVER W/ VO OF HIM, FISHING DOCK, (THEN BACK TO ONCAM):
I have been detained in a prison in Ashdod, we stayed for 9 days don't know what caused our detention. (butt to) We were sentenced for 1 month and fined 500 dollars per person, and then they transferred us to the Negev prison. After we finished our sentence, then we had to pay the fine and go back to our homes.
ON CAM/EM-ABED SOT:
I felt sad because my husband was arrested by the Israeli army, and I am afraid of them because they use bad methods with prisoners.
VO OF BOATS IN THE MARINA, SHOWING BIGGER ONES WHICH DONT GO OUT -
FARES SOT: I own two boats, one of them is 20meters long, and works in waters after 12miles, we are fishing in Saltan Ibrahim [finding] shrimp and loucos and all kinds of fish, but because of the [Israeli] siege, it does not work.
ON CAM/END ON EM-ABED SOT - THEN LAST COVER OF WATER W/ GAZA IN BACK TO END:
i am glad that [there are negotiations in cairo - i hope they get results, God willing, and let them [the fisherman] go out further than before,
DIP TO BLACK OUT
Fares al-Hessi: Palestinian Fisherman, Gaza
Em-Abed al-Hessi: Fares’ Wife
Produced by: Ashley Gallagher
Shot by: Mohammed Alnajar & Ashley Gallagher
Edited by: Ashley Gallagher