Stolen Seas (2013)
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Critic Reviews for Stolen Seas
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
5/31/15 Netflix The third leg on the Somali piracy stool, Captain Phillips, Fishing Without Nets and now Stolen Seas. Hollywood main stream, European/African acted and documentary. This film may be the best and most in depth in telling all aspects of the story and covering all the problems from the business, ethnic and geo political aspects. Somalia is a screwed country as are the majority of its citizens.
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.
Anything Somali Pirates I enjoy. So this is going to get a high mark. Interestingly enough though this was some good incite on the pirates and where they come from. I think the best tidbit of information is that they are all ex-fishermen who couldn't fish anymore because of American assholes. Truth is, while yes they can't fish as much, most of them are not ex-fishermen. They are just assholes. That's life for ya. Good Concept, Good Execution.
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