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Stolen Seas (2013)


Director(s): Thymaya Payne

Language: English

Genre: Documentary


The filmmakers have spent the past three years traveling to some of the world's most violent locales in order to make this documentary on Somali piracy, Stolen Seas. Utilizing exclusive interviews and unparalleled access to real pirates, hostages, hostages' relatives, ship-owners, pirate negotiators and experts on piracy and international policy, Stolen Seas presents a chilling exploration of the Somali pirate phenomenon. The film throws the viewer, through audio recordings and found video, righ... [Get complete synopsis]


motleymitch wrote on February 8, 2013, 9:14 pm
The latest free pass I got to see a doc in the Doc Soup festival here in Toronto. This time I went in cold, not even knowing the title of the doc or the subject matter. I just went to see a film, sat down, and waited for the surprise.
Although it was about the recent spree of Somali pirates in general, it focused mostly on the hijacking of one specific cargo boat and its hostages that were held captive for about two months. Also front and center were the two negotiators - the Danish ship company's CEO and his hired negotiator, and the Somali negotiator/translator, who were in constant long-distance talks during the seizure. The initial demanding price of 7 million was eventually brought down to just under 2 million - can't imagine how one negotiates these prices for peoples' lives (and the ships/cargoes), but the pirates see themselves as businessmen just trying to get by. Some ships that sail through the Gulf of Aden are seen by them as threats to their livelihoods and economy, and so they merely want to pull a Robin Hood, as it were, though innocent people do occasionally get killed in the process. It's a little convoluted but the pirates insist they resort to this means of lifestyle because of their abject poverty, which they believe is the fault of their corrupt government and the warring factions between various Somalian states, as well as foreign countries interferring. In any event, I started nodding off here and there, and although it seemed to be a fascinating topic, it wore on me after a while, and I just didn't find the direction of the film that compelling. I expect better quality from my free movies!
Deril wrote on February 26, 2013, 3:02 pm
I\'m just posting so people know I\'m still alive and on the site. It\'s a little quiet around here these days.

Mikey....you there????
Jefferygn wrote on February 27, 2013, 7:30 am
Mikey's dead I tells ya, DEAD!
motleymitch wrote on February 27, 2013, 12:50 pm
Mikey's boycotting the site the way I'm boycotting the NHL.
(except Hal Gill, he rules)

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