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A feature length documentary film: How Victims Become Villains and Other Untold Stories of Somali Piracy

STOLEN SEAS is a feature length documentary film that finally exposes the untold story behind Somali piracy.

It’s early afternoon and the unforgiving African sun blazes overhead...the CEC Future - a Danish-owned merchant ship, is on high alert.

Sailing inside the Gulf of Aden, a pirate-infested swath of sea between Somalia and Yemen, the ship’s captain, Andrey Nozhkin, blinks hard at the radar screen. It’s an oft-treaded shipping route—the quickest passage to the Suez Canal—but that’s of little comfort.

There are approximately 700 hostages being held captive off the coast of Somalia.

On the radar a light begins to flash. This is it, Nozhkin thinks, and he’s right. Machine guns sound with a tac-tac-tac on the boat’s hull: For two months this 12-man crew will be held at the mercy of Somali pirates, helpless as million-dollar hostage negotiations threaten their heads. Welcome to piracy in the 21st century—where it’s anyone’s guess who comes out on top.

It’s the story of 12 powerless men suffocating on a ship, and why their captors feel justified in their tyranny. It’s the story of a Somali translator who does the wrong thing for the right reason—trying to give his son a chance—and of all Somalia’s sons who will never have one. Stolen Seas is about the failure of international aid and the real for-profit solutions that could get these boys off boats. It’s another kind of story too: it’s a high seas adventure.

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