Stolen Seas (2013)
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What really elevates the film ... is the crucial context that Payne provides to explain - but not justify - the pirates' actions.
A documentary of such ambitious scope that you might need a remote control and a notebook to keep up with it.
Digs deep into the subject of piracy, arguing that it's less an anachronism than a sign of the times.
Magnificent in its thoroughness and nuance, this dense, multifaceted study of Somali piracy really needs to settle down.
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.
Audience Reviews for Stolen Seas
The amazing thing about this documentary is that it tells the other side of piracy in the gulf of Aden...story of a country (Somalia) abandoned by the international world even when its neighbours get much-sought help after their respective independence. In a country where there is absolutely no way of escaping poverty (except thru crime and corruption), these pirates are simply looking to improve the lives of their families and their villages. This documentary opens our eyes about the fact that the Western countries choose to tackle the problem by sending more battleships to deter the piracy problem instead of helping to build schools and hospitals to ameliorate the conditions of Somalians. Sad.
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