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Pirates of Somalia (2017)

The Pirates of Somalia (original title)
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Jay Bahadur still lives in his parents' basement in Toronto over a year after college. He gets an advice: skip journalism school and go somewhere crazy. Dec. 6, 2008 he flies to Somalia to ask the pirates: Why? He returns 6 months later.


Bryan Buckley


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





Credited cast:
Al Pacino ... Seymour Tolbin
Evan Peters ... Jay Bahadur
Melanie Griffith ... Maria Bahadur
Barkhad Abdi ... Abdi
Coral Peña ... Katlyn
Russell Posner ... Jared Bahadur
Philip Ettinger ... Alex
Robert Hobbs ... Navy Admiral
Aidan Whytock ... Agent Brice
Darron Meyer ... Mitch Kelp
Kiana Madani ... Tracy Ziconni
Vere Tindale ... CBSA Officer
Lindsay Sullivan Lindsay Sullivan ... Canadian air hostess
Mohamed Hakeemshady ... Ancient Warrior (voice) (as Hakeemshady Mohamed)
Sabrina Hassan Sabrina Hassan ... Maryan


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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


Based on a true story. See more »


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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Somalia | Kenya | Sudan | South Africa | USA


English | Somali

Release Date:

8 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Where the White Man Runs Away See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dabka means fire in Somali. See more »


Maryan: This card bears my name. What does it say?
Jay Bahadur: You don't read English?
Maryan: Not so well.
Jay Bahadur: That card says that, um, you're the hottest drug dealer in the world.
Maryan: Is that what it says?
Jay Bahadur: Yes.
Maryan: I like that.
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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 »


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


In Love With You
Written by Ed Hartman
Performed by Ed Hartman
Courtesy of Crucial Music
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Great flick
9 February 2019 | by tngdirSee all my reviews

What's the name of the Khat dealer? I didn't find her in the cast?

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