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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

Writers:

Bryan Buckley, Jay Bahadur (based on the book "The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World" by)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Al Pacino ... Seymour Tolbin
Evan Peters ... Jay Bahadur
Melanie Griffith ... Maria Bahadur
Barkhad Abdi ... Abdi
Philip Ettinger ... Alex
Coral Peña ... Katlyn
Russell Posner ... Jared Bahadur
Vere Tindale ... CBSA Officer
Aidan Whytock ... Agent Brice
Kiana Madani ... Tracy Ziconni
Robert Hobbs ... Navy Admiral
Patrick Holden O'Neill ... Angus / Pimply Clerk
Darron Meyer ... Mitch Kelp
Alok Tewari ... Kailash Bahadur
Sabrina Hassan Sabrina Hassan ... Maryan
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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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canada | writer | drugs | gun | See All (4) »

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Based on a true story. See more »

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Somalia | Kenya | Sudan | South Africa | USA

Language:

English | Somali

Release Date:

8 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Where the White Man Runs Away See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

The closing credits identify the many Somali refugees in the cast and crew with the year they became a refugee. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

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 stephenw-30180See 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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