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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 »


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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?


Barkhad Abdi, who plays Abdi, is wearing a t-shirt of the Dutch national soccer team, with number 9, from famous striker Ruud van Nistelrooy. See more »


Jay Bahadur: Hey, I got an idea for a story I'm gonna submit. It came to me when I was listening to CBC Radio today.
Alex: What's... what's the angle?
Jay Bahadur: The end of the comedic dictator. Kim Jong is on his death bed, and once he goes, where's the dictator comedy gonna come from?
Alex: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad... He's funny and very alive.
Jay Bahadur: He's not funny.
Alex: He's a little funny.
Jay Bahadur: He's a little funny, but no one can pronounce his name.
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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 G.I. Jane (1997) See more »


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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