Stolen Seas
Stolen Seas (2013)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 18, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 13, 2014
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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times

What really elevates the film ... is the crucial context that Payne provides to explain - but not justify - the pirates' actions.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Magnificent in its thoroughness and nuance, this dense, multifaceted study of Somali piracy really needs to settle down.

Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio

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.

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Omer Mozaffar
Chicago Sun-Times

A documentary of such ambitious scope that you might need a remote control and a notebook to keep up with it.

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Peter Debruge

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.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Digs deep into the subject of piracy, arguing that it's less an anachronism than a sign of the times.

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

This drama is couched in illuminating context ...

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