Stolen Seas

5 - Another Somali piracy film; although this one is a feature documentary (not a work of fiction like A Hijacking) from director Thymaya Payne, titled Stolen Seas.

Offering a more comprehensive look at the phenomenon, the doc is, here's its synopsis:

Welcome to piracy in the 21st century—where it’s anyone’s guess who comes out on top. It’s the story of 12 powerless men suffocating on a ship, and why their captors feel justified in their tyranny. It’s the story of a Somali translator who does the wrong thing for the right reason—trying to give his son a chance—and of all Somalia’s sons who will never have one. Stolen Seas is about the failure of international aid and the real for-profit solutions that could get these boys off boats. It’s another kind of story too: it’s a high seas adventure.

3+ years in the making, Stolen Seas includes exclusive interviews and unparalleled access to the just about every side of this story. The film throws the viewer, through audio recordings and found video, right into the middle of the real-life hostage negotiation of a Danish shipping vessel, the CEC Future - a situation that gives birth to an unlikely friendship. 

The film had its world premiere at the Lorcarno Film Festival 2 years ago, where it won the Boccalino d'Oro Independent Critics' Award for Best Picture.

It had a limited theatrical run in the USA last year, released to strong reviews. 

Watch the trailer below:

Stolen Seas - Trailer from Saboteur Media on Vimeo.