On November 7, 2008, the Danish cargo ship CEC Future suffered a pirate attack. Somali pirates held the crew for 71 days, who during that time filmed their attempts to live an everyday life on the ship. »Stolen Seas« is the documentary about the CEC Future hijacking: we observe the men inside the ship and follow the long and difficult ransom negotiations between the pirates and the shipping company Clipper Group’s executives.

We also get an inside look on Somali society, without a government since 1991. It broadens the understanding for those considered outcasts from the rest of the world, doing what they can to survive. Being a pirate can bring a positive reputation and a high status in Somalia, where many people express bitterness and anger toward Western societies.

We are thrown straight into action in the first shot of the film and while the pace of the narrative is comfortably slow, we feel the stress of all people involved and the frustration of a culture with an uncertain future.

Annika Sterner

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Title
Stolen Seas
Director
Thymaya Payne
Country
Estonia, The Philippines, Denmark, USA, Somalia, C
Length
90 min
Festival
2012
Section
Documania
Language
English, Somali, German, Italian, Tagalog
Subtitle
English
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2012
Producer
Andre Lascaris, Andrew Walker, Heather Phenix
Script
Mark Monroe
Music
Gregg Lehrman

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