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Pirating Pirates

Pirátské sítě , Czech Republic, Kenya, 90 min, DCP, HD, Anthropology, Creative, Current Affairs, Environmental, Human Rights, Politics, Social Issues
It all started three years ago….We wanted to tell the world something about injustice in the world, our own self-delusion, and struggles with the weaker third world. We were somewhat naive but wanted to do the right thing, perhaps stand up for the underdog and tell the true story about Somali pirates.
The world has long looked on as African boys in sandals overtake tankers standing as tall as an eight-story building. God only knows how they even get up there. A number of local pirates are former fishermen. The fate of those who survive such forays out to sea does not end in Somalia , where money from the ransom is quickly spent. And so our story begins in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. Pirates and their money easily disappear in the Nairobi neighborhood of Eastleigh, also known as Little Mogadishu .
We shot a whole series of interviews with various pirates and eventually we chose Hassan – a young pirate whose story was quite moving. We also shot in Somalia, in an effort to combine the story of Hassan as a pirate who had emigrated to Nairobi with that of the young Somali Abduali who is caught in a dilemma over whether to stay and dedicate himself to trying to play football professionally, or go with the pirates and earn good money – the same as his best friend Muse now sitting in the U.S. prison for 33 years after a failed highjacking. We follow these two parallel stories until the moment our suspicions that our pirate Hasan does not speak the truth are confirmed...
Director:
David Čálek, Jakub Zahradníček
Producer:
Jeffrey Brown
Co Producer:
Pavel Vácha
Original idea:
David Čálek
Screenplay:
Jakub Zahradníček, David Čálek
Director of photography:
David Čálek
Sound:
Robert Dufek
Editor:
Olina Kaufmanová
Languages:
Czech, English, Somali, Suahili
Subtitles:
Czech, English
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