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The Pirates of Somalia (2017)

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In 2008, rookie journalist Jay Bahadur forms a half-baked plan to embed himself with the pirates of Somalia. He ultimately succeeds in providing the first close-up look into who these men are, how they live, and the forces that drive them.

Director:

Bryan Buckley

Writers:

Bryan Buckley, Jay Bahadur (based on the book "The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World" by)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Al Pacino ... Seymour Tolbin
Evan Peters ... Jay Bahadur
Melanie Griffith ... Maria Bahadur
Barkhad Abdi ... Abdi
Russell Posner ... Jared Bahadur
Coral Peña ... Katlyn
Philip Ettinger ... Alex
Aidan Whytock ... Agent Brice
Robert Hobbs ... Navy Admiral
Alok Tewari ... Kailash Bahadur
Kiana Madani ... Tracy Ziconni
Edward Gelbinovich
Mohamed Hakeemshady ... Ancient Warrior (voice) (as Hakeemshady Mohamed)
Darron Meyer ... Mitch Kelp
Sabrina Hassan Sabrina Hassan ... Maryan
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Storyline

In 2008, rookie journalist Jay Bahadur forms a half-baked plan to embed himself among the pirates of Somalia. He ultimately succeeds in providing the first close-up look into who these men are, how they live, and the forces that drive them.

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Plot Keywords:

canada | writer | drugs | gun | See All (4) »

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A true story of courage, ambition and blind luck. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, drug content, and brief strong violence. | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Somalia | Kenya | Sudan | South Africa | USA

Language:

English | Somali

Release Date:

8 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pirates of Somalia See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,385
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dabka means fire in Somali. See more »

Quotes

Jay Bahadur: I'm gonna go to Somalia and write a book on the pirates.
Maria Bahadur: Somalia?
Jojo: AIDS.
Jay Bahadur: AIDS?
Jojo: Isn't that a problem there?
Jay Bahadur: I'm going to *write* about the pirates dad, not sleep with them.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits identify the many Somali refugees in the cast and crew with the year they became a refugee. See more »

Connections

References Team America: World Police (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

In Love With You
Written by Ed Hartman
Performed by Ed Hartman
Courtesy of Crucial Music
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Evan Peters does an amazing job
14 February 2018 | by robmacom-20783See all my reviews

I loved this film, it is so refreshing to see actual Somalian people given the chance to tell their story. I thought the film was fantastic, the drama was peppered with humor which made it more real

All of the leads were fantastic Evan Peters and Barkhad Abdi were the stand outs. I really felt their friendship grow through the film and about 30 minutes in I forgot they were acting as the drama became more real. I loved the Director's use of animation throughout the film.

I recommend this film as it is about another point of view and it is linked to the movie Captain Philips.

This film explains about the Somalian Culture and the motives behind the Piracy. I learned so much more from this film than from the Tom Hanks vehicle.

If I was to sum up its a cracking story of courage, hope and the search for the truth.

Loved every minute of it


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