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October 18–20, 2014

Chicago Premiere

Fishing Without Nets

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"[A] very well crafted, empathetic drama"
3 stars "[Director Cutter] Hodierne allows space for the tension to build, and the result is almost sickeningly suspenseful"
  —Washington Post
"A morally murky contemplation of deprivation and desperation"
  —New York Times
"[The film] generates a compelling air of social fatalism"
  —Slant Magazine

"There are two ways to fish. With nets or without. But if I fish with violence, will my nets be full of blood?" In Somalia, a principled young husband and father Abdi turns to piracy to support his family, and smuggle them out of the country towards a better life. While his wife and child wait for him in Yemen, an outdated and fragile satellite phone is his only connection that he truly values. Abdi and his fellow pirates hit the high seas and capture a French oil tanker, demanding a hefty ransom. During the long, tedious wait for the cash to arrive, Abdi forges a tentative friendship with one of the hostages. When some of the pirates resort to violence, Abdi must make dramatic choices to determine his moral compass as well as his course of action.

Shot in East Africa with a cast of Somali non-actors, this empathetic hijacking drama, which follows such recent films as A Hijacking and Captain Phillips, is a mesmerizing mix of action-thriller and art film which was nominated for the Directing Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by Cutter Hodierne, U.S.A./Somalia/ Kenya, 2014, 109 mins. In Somali, French, and English with English subtitles.


  • Sat.–Sun., Oct. 18–19 at 5:30 & 7:30 pm
  • Mon., Oct. 20 at 7:30 pm
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