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STOLEN SEAS -  (unrated)

2012 - USA - English, Somali (with English subtitles) - 117 minutes - Brainstorm Media

Directed by: Thymaya Payne


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Stolen Seas presents a chilling exploration of the Somali pirate phenomenon.

It’s November 8th, 2008 and the CEC Future, a Danish-owned merchant ship, is on high alert. Sailing inside the pirate-infested swath of sea between Somalia and Yemen, the ship’s captain blinks hard at the radar screen where a light begins to flash. This is it, Nozhkin thinks, and he’s right. Machine guns sound on the boat’s hull and for two months this 13-man crew will be held at the mercy of Somali pirates, helpless as hostage negotiations threaten their lives and cameras capture every move. The pirates' translator, Ishmael Ali, a single dad who may or may not have stumbled into this controversial role, puts in a call to the shipping magnate’s CEO Per Gullestrup demanding an exorbitant 7 million dollars. The shipowner's response is the first of many misfires and communications to come. These two adversaries will have to become unlikely allies as they race against time in an attempt to keep the crew from being killed by their violent captors. 

Stolen Seas documents the story of 13 powerless men trapped on a ship, and why their captors feel justified in their tyranny. It’s the story of a Somali translator who gets in over his head —trying to give his son a chance. With first hand accounts from leading experts on the subject refuting the common misconceptions, Stolen Seas explores theories of what drives a country to piracy, from every point of view. It is a film about a country on the brink, at the mercy of global capitalism in overdrive, and young boys with nothing to lose. 

The filmmakers traveled to some of the most dangerous locales in the world for exclusive interviews and unparalleled access to real pirates, hostages, hostages’ relatives, ship-owners, pirate negotiators and experts on piracy and international policy. STOLEN SEAS is an eye opening refutation of preconceived ideas on how piracy has become the world’s most frightening multi-million dollar growth industry.


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Posted by : Google Date Added: 1/11/2013 5:53:33 AMreport this post 
Great movie!

Posted by : Perry Date Added: 1/23/2013 4:31:29 PMreport this post 
This is an important film.

Posted by : Frank Date Added: 1/23/2013 4:40:43 PMreport this post 
Heard about this movie - when is playing in LA?

Posted by : Catherine Date Added: 1/23/2013 4:49:09 PMreport this post 
GREAT MOVIE...GO SEE IT!

Posted by : Paul Date Added: 1/23/2013 4:50:30 PMreport this post 
Loved this movie. I was surprised again and again. Truth really is stranger (and richer) than fiction.

Posted by : Rich Date Added: 1/23/2013 10:44:15 PMreport this post 
Beautiful film. Went the first night with a buddy. Was so impressed and went back the next night with a date. Yep she loved it. It's a must see.

Posted by : Craig Garrett Date Added: 1/24/2013 9:23:09 AMreport this post 
Depicts the complexity of its subject without ever getting bogged down. Brainy, heartfelt and entertaining in equal measure.

Posted by : N Katz Date Added: 1/24/2013 12:59:28 PMreport this post 
A very true look at all sides of Somali piracy - beautifully shot too.

Posted by : Jamison Date Added: 1/29/2013 12:39:27 PMreport this post 
Fantastic film. I admit, I was euphoric when the Navy Seals took down the Somali Pirates when they had Captain Phillips hostage on the seas. This film gets to the heart of the entire Somali piracy matter and it opened my eyes. Now I am, somewhat, sympathetic to the pirates reasoning. My heart has always hurt for the suffering innocent in Somalia and other third world countries. But for this film, to tug on my heart in regards to the pirates plight, is a testament to it's quality. I hope "Stolen Seas" will have the same impact on people with power in the world.

Posted by : Peter M Date Added: 1/29/2013 1:10:33 PMreport this post 
Not boring. It's amazing how this film is more entertaining yet informative than most action movies!

Posted by : lip balms Date Added: 3/9/2013 2:35:22 PMreport this post 
best and great movie! thank you for the suggestion!

Posted by : Jeff Cole Date Added: 8/1/2013 12:07:28 PMreport this post 
Okay, I'm biased on this movie--full disclosure; I have an Associate Producer credit on the film, however this is an engrossing, eye-opening project that will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about piracy and the country of Somalia. These filmmakers did a brilliant job capturing a true story you will find so easy to believe. I am so grateful to be associated with this group of talented young artists. Go support these dedicated filmmakers and see this film.

     Total Comments:  12   Lowest vote: 3  Highest vote: 5
Average Score: 4.5 out of 5
 

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