Ban This Series: Stolen Seas
Hot Docs Ted Rogers CinemaTue, Mar 7 3:30 PM
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Run Time:90 min
Director(s):Thymaya Payne
Country:USA, Somalia, Canada
Rating:Not yet rated (STC)

Ban This Series: Documentaries from the seven countries included in the travel ban enacted by executive order on January 27, 2017.

The compelling and frightening world of Somali pirates has become a fixation for the public consciousness in both fact and fiction. Stolen Seas demystifies this far-off phenomenon, presenting a balanced, meticulously researched perspective. You are thrown into the thick of a harrowing, 70-day negotiation between a Danish shipping vessel and its pirate hijackers—hearing not just from experts and hostages, but also the pirates themselves. Through the intense ransom negotiations, Somalia’s complex history leading to this new sea-bound industry is compellingly revealed. Thrilling and expansive, the award-winning Stolen Seas presents a rich exploration of how piracy has, for many, become a necessary way to survive.

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Tickets: FREE, opportunities to donate to CJFE and NCCM at the door.

Winner—Swiss Critics Boccalino Award, Best Film, Locarno International Film Festival 2012

The Hollywood Reporter - “A penetrating exploration of Somali piracy.”

Variety - “A head-spinning, pulse-pounding thriller.”

The New York Times - “Magnificent in its thoroughness and nuance.”