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Stolen Seas

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Thymaya Payne

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About the Movie

Stolen Seas presents a chilling exploration of the Somali pirate phenomenon and forces you to rethink everything you thought you knew about pirates. 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 get's 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 loose.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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  • Reviews Counted: 8
  • Fresh: 8
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Magnificent in its thoroughness and nuance, this dense, multifaceted study of Somali piracy really needs to settle down. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Jan 17, 2013

Fresh: A dense, sometimes dangerous 90-minute immersion in a world where lawlessness applies to all sides and, shockingly, international shipping companies would rather pay the ransoms than address the underlying problems. – Peter Debruge, Variety, Jan 16, 2013

Fresh: What really elevates the film ... is the crucial context that Payne provides to explain - but not justify - the pirates' actions. – Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, Apr 18, 2013

Fresh: This drama is couched in illuminating context ... – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, Jan 15, 2013

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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