David Čálek ...
- Original idea
- Co Producer
- Production company
Bratři s.r.o. ...
- Director of photography
- IDF Events
2012 Catalogue of Upcoming Czech Documentary Films ...
- Financial Support
Czech State Fund for the Support and Development of Czech Cinematography EU Media Czech TV
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...
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