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The Skeleton Structure – Jungle Post

Word from the Mediadante team is that Wednesday saw the Adventurers really relax into the routine of getting the build done. They have now decided the final design so with the foundations finished they turned to putting up all the wooden poles and supports needed to build the actual structure.

Meanwhile preparations in the village have begun for a festival to celebrate when the school is finished – hopefully this Saturday. We are looking forward to seeing what a festival means in this part of the world. People are going to come from all around the region.

The Adventurers are finding the physical aspect of the building hard – there are splinters and blisters galore. But that is not stopping them and they are learning to work as a team to support each other. And they are also learning their individual strengths and weaknesses.

أبلغنا فريق ميديادانتي أنّ المغامرين بدأوا بالاعتياد على روتين أعمال البناء، وقد اتفقوا على التصميم النهائي للمبنى. والآن، ونظراً لانتهاء عملية حفر الأساسات، انتقل المغامرون إلى نصب الأعمدة الخشبيّة والدعامات الضرورية لتشييد المبنى.

في هذه الأثناء، بدأ سكان القرية بالإعداد لمهرجان للاحتفال بانتهاء العمل على المدرسة – يوم السبت ان شاء الله. ونتطلّع إلى الاطّلاع على المهرجان وكيفيّة الاحتفال به في هذه المنطقة من العالم. ومن المتوقّع أن يحضره أشخاص من كافّة أنحاء المنطقة.

يواجه مغامرونا عدداً من الصعوبات في أعمال البناء، ويعانون بشكل خاصّ من شظايا الخشب والتقرّحات. لكنّهم لم يتأثّروا بذلك؛ إذ يتعلّمون العمل معاً كفريق لدعم بعضهم البعض، ويتعرّفون إلى نقاط قوّتهم وضعفهم الفرديّة.

Digging the foundations – Jungle Post

On Tuesday work began on digging the foundations for the new building. It is hard work – it is hot and humid. More humid that Qatar even! But the work must be done so the team is working together in shifts to get through it all.

When they are not digging they have been working out the best way to meet the needs of the local population. The girls went to speak to one of the teachers from the old, burnt down school and met some of the best and brightest students to find out how they would like the new school to look and what services they hope it will have.

The whole team also got a lesson in carpentry as well from a local craftsman who taught them how to use jungle materials in order to build the school. It turns out some of them have quite a talent for woodwork!

After all they have endured the last few weeks…climbing mountains, sleeping in the jungle, battling insects, cleaning a new space for prayer several times a day, eating very simple food…Aisha, Maqdeem, Mohammed, Tameem, Sami, Leila and Noor say they are relieved to have the clear task of the school to focus on.

The team is going to be getting a visit from a local politician on Friday who is keen to know more about these people who have come such a long way and endured such difficult conditions in order to build them a new school. He is coming to thank them.

بدأ الفريق العمل يوم الثلاثاء على حفر الأساسات للمبنى الجديد، وهي مهمّة شاقّة – خاصّة في المناخ الحارّ والأكثر رطوبة من قطر حتّى! لكنّ العمل يجب أن يُستَكمل. ولهذه الغاية، يعمل أعضاء الفريق على مناوبات لإتمام المهمّة.

وحين لا يعمل المغامرون على الحفر، نراهم يفكّرون في الوسائل الفضلى لتلبية حاجات السكان. وفي هذا الصدد، توجّهت الفتيات للتحدّث إلى أحد المدرّسين من المدرسة القديمة التي احترقت ولقاء ألمع الطلّاب فيها لمعرفة آرائهم من حيث شكل المدرسة الجديدة والخدمات التي يأملون أن تقدّمها.

إضافة إلى ذلك، تلقّى أعضاء الفريق درساً في النّجارة من حرفيّ محلّي علّمهم كيفية استخدام المواد المتوفرة في الأدغال لبناء المدرسة. ويبدو أنّ عدداً منهم موهوبون في أعمال الخشب!

بعد كلّ ما عاناه المغامرون في الأسابيع القليلة الماضية، كتسلّق الجبال والنوم في الأدغال والمعاناة مع الحشرات وتنظيف مكان جديد للصلاة عدّة مرات في اليوم الواحد وتناول طعام بسيط، اعترفوا لنا أنّهم سعداء بالتركيز على مهمّة واضحة هي بناء المدرسة.

يوم الجمعة، يستضيف الفريق أحد السياسيين المحليين الذي يرغب بمعرفة المزيد عن هؤلاء الأشخاص الذين قطعوا مسافات طويلة وواجهوا ظروفاً صعبة ليتمكّنوا من بناء مدرسة لقريته. وسيقوم السياسي بالتعبير عن شكره للمغامرين.

The Jungle Post

So many people are asking what is happening in the jungle I thought we should update you whenever we have news.

Noor, Aisha, Maqdeem, Leila, Mohammed, Sami and Tameem have seen everything written about them in the press and online. There was a great discussion about what to do next over the weekend. They all spoke with their families and some leading members of Qatari society gave them a call and offered their support.

On Monday they woke up, rolled up their mosquito nets, shook the insects out of their boots, ate a simple meal and began what they came there to do…building the school.

The girls spent a lot of time with the women of the village of Arahina on Sunday and felt inspired to see what more they could do for family health education in particular. Between them the Aisha, Maqdeem, Noor and Leila have some amazing skills of both engineering and communication and they hope to find a way to continue their contribution to the education of women and children in the village long after the project is finished. First they have to find out how they might be able to help…what the key problems are.

The Brazilian government has promised to build a solid structure school in the village at some point in the future. When that happens the wooden structure the Adventurers are building will be turned into a community centre and since it will be the only one for at least one hour canoe’s ride around, and the village has one of the only roads leading to it in the area they hope it might become a place that could attract tourists. They will hold festivals there and it will be the local polling centre too.

We aim to print pictures of the building of the centre and beauty shots of the jungle for them to display inside the building later.

نظراً لكثرة الأسئلة حول ما يحدث في أدغال الأمازون، قرّرنا إطلاعكم على آخر التطوّرات لحظة توافرها.

قرأ المشاركون (نور وعائشة ومقديم وليلى ومحمّد وسامي وتميم) كلّ ما كُتِب عنهم في الصحف وعلى الانترنت، وحصل نقاش كبير حول النشاط التالي خلال عطلة نهاية الأسبوع. تحدّث الجميع مع عائلاتهم، كما اتّصل بهم عدد من الشخصيات البارزة في المجتمع القطري للتعبير عن الدّعم.

يوم الإثنين، استيقظ المشاركون ووضّبوا الناموسيّات، ثمّ تفقّدوا أحذيتهم للتأكّد من خلوّها من الحشرات وتناولوا وجبة خفيفة قبل أن يبدأوا بالعمل على المشروع الذي أتوا لأجله… بناء المدرسة.

قضت الفتيات وقتاً طويلاً مع نساء قرية “أراهينا” يوم الأحد، واكتشفن مدى المساعدة التي يمكنهنّ تقديمها، خاصّة في مجال التثقيف الصحي للعائلات. وتتمتّع عائشة ومقديم ونور وليلى بمهارات مميّزة في الهندسة والتواصل، وتأمل الفتيات الاستمرار في المساهمة في تثقيف النساء والأطفال في القرية حتّى بعد انتهاء العمل على المشروع. لكن أولاً، على الفتيات تحديد المشاكل الأساسيّة لمعرفة المجالات التي يمكن تقديم المساعدة فيها.

وعدت الحكومة البرازيليّة ببناء مدرسة ذات بنية صلبة للقرية في المستقبل. وحين يتمّ ذلك، فإنّ البناء الخشبي الذي يعمل المغامرون عليه سيتحوّل إلى مركز اجتماعي. ونظراً لكونه المركز الوحيد من نوعه في المنطقة – حيث أنّ أقرب مركز يبعد حوالى ساعة بالقارب – وبما أنّ إحدى الطرقات القليلة في المنطقة التي تصل إليه تربطه أيضاً بالقرية، يأمل السكان أن يتحوّل إلى نقطة لجذب السياح. ولهذه الغاية، سينظّمون فيه المهرجانات ويعتمدونه للاقتراع.

وسوف نقوم بطباعة صور لعمليّة بناء المركز إضافة إلى عدد من الصور الجميلة للأدغال المحيطة به ليتمّ عرضها داخل المبنى في وقت لاحق.

We won an award!

We won the CINE Golden Eagle Award for On The Top! Our documentary series following the first Qatari man, first Saudi woman and first Palestinian man up to the summit of Everest. Made for QTV in 2013.

We are SO so proud of the series and all the hard work that went into…sometimes death defying. A HUGE thank you to the team and never forgetting Anthony Abou Khalife, the co-director, who so sadly died before the series was put to air.

After the Cup

So the team Mediadante chose to follow for our documentary about The Workers Cup – the GCC team – came fourth in the end. Number 4 out of 24 ain’t bad for a team who had little to no practice together before the games began!

Our shooting team – Adam Sobel, Ramzy Haddad and Nazim Aggoune – were out for weeks on end following the stories of the team as they progressed through the tournament. They lost five kilos between them running around after the players but gained an insight into a world that is little known or documented to the outside world.

And now the games are over we are going to continue to follow the progress of the players…we’ll let you know what happens in the months ahead.

A little something we made for Coca Cola

In December 2013 we were privileged to produce the Qatar section of this campaign for Coca Cola. It was all made under a veil of secrecy as the REAL World Cup came to visit Doha one weekend along with around 18 personal guards to look after the trophy (that we counted at one point anyway).

We were so happy that the secret had been kept properly and the footy team was able to react naturally to the dream they had of one day holding that trophy. It was a real pleasure working with Manu from Dejavu and Wadih Safiedinne and Y + R Dubai in order to make it all come together.

 

 

 

 

The Qatar Brazil Challenge – NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE!!!

Make SUMMER 2014 one you will never forget…join The Qatar Brazil Challenge!!

SPEND YOUR SUMMER ON AN ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME MAKING A DIFFERENCE BY HELPING TO BUILD A SCHOOL IN THE AMAZON.

We are searching for Qatar’s next great group of explorers to GO TO Brazil this  August 2014.

If you are Qatari and between 17 and 24 years old and think you have what it takes to join a group of other young Qataris on a visit to the Amazon this August then you NOW have till May 17th to submit your application!

The selected six girls and boys who join us will be climbing, trekking, biking and canoeing their way through the dense Amazon Rainforest before spending a week building a school classroom for a Brazilian village.

DOWNLOAD YOUR APPLICATION FORM HERE  – AND FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CHALLENGE HERE.

WHO IS HOSTING THE CHALLENGE?

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Thani  – the first Qatari ever to climb  Mount Everest -  is giving you the chance to spend your summer catching piranhas, building rafts and rope-bridges, and surviving off the jungle; safely looked after by one of the best adventure companies in the world,  True Adventure.

The Qatar Brazil Challenge is also a part of the Qatar Museum Authority’s Year of Culture 2014.

Watch Sheikh MOE explain why he is so excited by The Qatar Brazil Challenge here.

Making an IMPACT!

You’ll also be a part of the Middle East’s first ever interactive online documentary and social media experience. The production team from Mediadante, the same team that followed Sheikh Moe up Everest for QTV (watch the series here) – will be following all the action, and beaming it to the world directly from the heart of the jungle; we’ll upload almost daily updates with video, images, social media and blogs.

Go beyond your physical and mental limits…see the world and have the summer of a lifetime.

Download your information pack and application form now and get involved!

 

Any questions please contact us at thechallenge@mediadante.com

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The Workers Cup shoot begins….

On Friday we began shooting on our feature documentary about The Workers Cup…a football tournament between 24 teams of migrant workers in Qatar. We are following some amazing football talent (and some less so) both on and off the pitch for the next few weeks. We’ll keep you updated and introduce you to the key characters taking part as we go.

Here are a few pics of our first shoot…and a chance to meet the director, Adam Sobel.

 

Equipment for hire in Qatar!

It is a challenge finding and hiring camera equipment in Qatar…so we decided to post a full list of our kit with transparent pricing up on our site to make everything a little easier for everybody.

You can find it the full list of kit for hire in Doha here…http://mediadante.tv/?page_id=238#our-kit

The list will be constantly updated, so if you find it tough to navigate or have any feedback do let us know at info@mediadante.com  we read and respond to all our emails.

A creative weekend ahead…

This weekend we are working with two cracking organisations….

…in Doha Crossway Foundation is organising an interactive art installation down in MIA park between 2 and 5pm on Friday 14th of March. Come and have a go and be a part of the video we are making for them too!

…in Dubai we are working with Samar Media and Ziyad Clot produce some more in depth conversations with people involved in the “Arab Spring” which will be fascinating. You can watch their work to date here http://www.youtube.com/user/SamarMediaTv

We’ll be posting the videos here so look out for them soon.