Stolen Seas
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The filmmakers have spent the past three years traveling to some of the world's most violent locales in order to make this documentary on Somali piracy, Stolen Seas. Utilizing exclusive interviews and unparalleled access to real pirates, hostages, hostages' relatives, ship-owners, pirate negotiators and experts on piracy and international policy, Stolen Seas presents a chilling exploration of the Somali pirate phenomenon. The film throws the viewer, through audio recordings and found video, right into the middle of the real-life hostage negotiation of a Danish shipping vessel, the CEC… More
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"What really elevates the film ... is the crucial context that Payne provides to explain - but not justify - the pirates' actions."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
"Magnificent in its thoroughness and nuance, this dense, multifaceted study of Somali piracy really needs to settle down."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"With his much more than meets the eye pursuit of raw unfiltered truth, Payne navigates the turbulent waters of piracy, as it has been impacted by the legacy of colonialism and rebellion, and the military hardware industry profiteering also kicking in."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Radio
"A documentary of such ambitious scope that you might need a remote control and a notebook to keep up with it."
‑ Omer Mozaffar, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Peter Debruge, Variety
"Digs deep into the subject of piracy, arguing that it's less an anachronism than a sign of the times."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"This drama is couched in illuminating context ..."
‑ Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
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