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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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Katlyn
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Jared Bahadur
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Tracy Ziconni
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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 are, how they live, and the forces that drive them.

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

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Barkhad Abdi, who was born in Somalia, had his break out role in Captain Philips. A movie about Somalian Pirates. Barkhad Abdi plays one of the main pirates in that movie, that is describing an incident, that is part of this story. See more »

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Seymour Tolbin: Name's... Seymour Tolbin.
Jay Bahadur: Seymour Tolbin?
Seymour Tolbin: Yeah.
Jay Bahadur: Oh my God, you're one of my favorite journalists of all time!
Seymour Tolbin: So you're a journalist?
Jay Bahadur: No. I mean... yeah, I wanna be.
Seymour Tolbin: You wanna make it as some big journalist, you gotta go somewhere... crazy.
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The closing credits identify the many Somali refugees in the cast and crew with the year they became a refugee. See more »

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

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In Love With You
Written by Ed Hartman
Performed by Ed Hartman
Courtesy of Crucial Music
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Relevant story of the struggles of Somalia
9 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

I found this film to be very intriguing. When I started it, I was expecting a documentary type film on pirates in Somalia made famous by the terrific film "Captain Phillips".

About 10 minutes in, I realized this was going to be a lot more then an action/Drama film on the exploits of Somalian Pirates. What you get in this way better then average movie is a man who yearns to be a published writer/journalist. He tries his hand at some very uninteresting subject matter and then sees the news reports in the Hijacking of the cargo ship "Maersk Alabama" by Somalie pirates and, after some research, that NO Western journalist has ever truly entered the world of Piracy in that region of Africa.

He is Canadian (Evan Peters who plays real life journalist Jay Bahadur) and gets his parents to finance an adventure to a life completely unknown to him in Somalia.

Without giving more of the film away, I can say that the true elements of how Piracy got its start in this poor and almost forgotten African nation and more importantly WHY it happens to this day. It gives the viewer a really different perspective on the story of these proud people who have a history of culture and used to settle disputes with poetry, not violence. I enjoyed the way the protagonist explores the realities and history of the Somalie people rather then exploit the violence often used by the very nature of piracy.

This is a must see for anyone who is interested in the culture and reasons behind why piracy is a way of life for peoples of this region.

A very well done film. Definitely recommend.


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