“You know those out-of-body experiences where you look around and say, ‘This shit isn’t happening to me?” Based on Jay Bahadur’s New York Times bestselling book ‘The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World,’ ‘The Pirates of Somalia’ formerly titled Dabka is the true story of a reporter’s risk-taking adventure that gave him an unprecedented first-person account of the pirates of Somalia.
“You want to make it as some big journalist you gotta go somewhere crazy.” In 2008, an incredibly inexperienced Canadian reporter rookie journalist Jay Bahadur forms a half-baked plan to embed himself among the pirates of Somalia with the goal of writing a book. He ultimately succeeds in providing the first close-up look into who these men are, how they live, and the forces that drive them.
“I’m gonna go to Somalia and write a book on the pirates.” ‘The Pirates of Somalia’ has elements of a buddy comedy story with Barkhad Abdi starring as Bahadur’s handler who risks it all to provide Bahadur the opportunity to embed with a real Somali pirate. He knows the territory well. Through the eyes of Bahadur the film explores the root causes of piracy, as shocking as they are to Bahadur.
“I’m a journalist, it’s okay don’t shoot. All of Somalia needs somebody on their side!” He risked everything to tell their story. Written and directed by Bryan Buckley with a cast that includes Al Pacino, Evan Peters, Melanie Griffith and Barkhad Abdi ‘Dabka’ premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 27, 2017 and has a theater release date of December 7, 2017.
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