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John Schlesinger Award Best Debut Feature Palm Springs Intl Film Fest
"Magnificent in its thoroughness and nuance" -New York Times
"Thymaya Payne's bold debut feature steps back for a view of Somali piracy that's both broader and more incisive than most mainstream news coverage" -Hollywood Reporter
"Riveting... Payne manages to construct what could have been a mere talking-head doc into something visceral, immediate and in many ways illicit" -Variety
A chilling exploration of the Somali pirate phenomenon, Stolen Seas is the story of a Danish shipping vessel's 13-man crew held at the mercy of pirates, a country responding to global capitalism in overdrive, young boys with nothing to lose and a translator who gets in over his head. When the pirates demand an exorbitant $7 million dollar ransom, the hostages remain helpless as haggling between the ship's stoic owner and the pirates' negotiator drags on for 70 days. These two adversaries will have to become unlikely allies as they race to keep the crew from being killed by their violent captors.
With exclusive interviews and unparalleled access to real pirates, hostages, hostages' relatives, ship-owners, pirate negotiators and experts on piracy and international policy, Stolen Seas is an eye-opening refutation of preconceived ideas on how and why piracy has become the world's most frightening multi-million dollar growth industry.
Directed by Thymaya Payne, U.S.A/Canada, 2012, 88 mins.