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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 among the pirates of Somalia. He ultimately succeeds in providing the first close-up look into who these men ... See full summary »


Bryan Buckley


Bryan Buckley, Jay Bahadur (based on the book "The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World" by)
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Credited cast:
Evan Peters ... Jay Bahadur
Al Pacino ... Seymour Tolbin
Melanie Griffith ... Maria Bahadur
Barkhad Abdi ... Abdi
Coral Peña ... Katlyn
Philip Ettinger ... Alex
Russell Posner ... Jared Bahadur
Kiana Madani ... Tracy Ziconni
Aidan Whytock ... Agent Brice
Mohamed Hakeemshady ... Ancient Warrior (voice) (as Hakeemshady Mohamed)
Jojo Gonzalez ... Jojo
Robert Hobbs ... Navy Admiral
Darron Meyer ... Mitch Kelp
Maria Vos ... Avril Benoît
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) »


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:

Dabka 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?


Almost all of the actors in the Somalia scenes are actual Somalian refugees. See more »


Mitch Kelp: We don't have a single source in Somalia, and I'm sure as shit not gonna get my ass shot over there trying to find out what would possess these, um... Possess these crackheads to take an unarmed tanker.
Chrissy: Hmm. Well, Mitch, word here is our corporate insurance policy wouldn't cover you in that hellhole, and they'd hate to have a lawsuit from your family on their hands when they mail you back in pieces.
Mitch Kelp: Thank corporate for being so considerate, Chrissy... Back to you.
Chrissy: So until we can find one crazy...
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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 »


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Written by Ed Hartman
Performed by Ed Hartman
Courtesy of Crucial Music
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Watch only if you've got some brains to follow along.
4 March 2018 | by tonytomato9See all my reviews

I enjoyed Pirates of Somalia far more than I thought I would. Evan Peters is credible and very watchable. The supporting cast is strong enough to keep you interested in a well-told story. I wasn't as informed about the piracy situation in Somalia. I'd wager that bunches of Westerners aren't, either. However, this film does a great job of laying out the recent Somali history, while also telling a compelling "true" story. I'd recommended Pirates of Somalia, but only to someone who can handle a human drama with some political history, good characters, and touches of humor. This film is not for the blissfully uninformed. You'll learn something. And you'll like it, too.

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