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‘Stolen Seas’

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Thymaya Payne

Language: English

So you’ve seen “Captain Phillips” and are curious about real Somali piracy? In Director Thymaya Payne’s documentary (now on Vimeo, Amazon and iTunes), we meet the CEO of a Danish company whose merchant ship is hijacked by pirates demanding $7 million. We also hear from Ishmael Ali, an English-speaking Somali who negotiates for the pirates. “Piracy,” he notes, “feeds a lot of people. It’s a well-developed business.” Why can’t we put a stop to this? Payne will give you an answer.