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  • Actors: Artists not provided
  • Directors: Thymaya Payne
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ABCJR60
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,793 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Utilizing exclusive interviews and unparalleled access to real pirates, hostages, hostages' relatives, ship-owners, pirate negotiators and experts on piracy and international policy, Stolen Seas presents a chilling exploration of the Somali pirate phenomenon.

The film throws the viewer, through audio recordings and found video, right into the middle of the real-life hostage negotiation of a Danish shipping vessel, the CEC Future. As the haggling between the ship's stoic owner Per Gullestrup, and the pirate's loquacious negotiator, Ishmael Ali, drags on for 70 days, these two adversaries' relationship takes an unexpected turn and an unlikely friendship is born.

Stolen Seas is an eye opening refutation of preconceived ideas on how or why piracy has become the world's most frightening multi-million dollar growth industry.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gordon Malcomson on July 8, 2013
This documentary examines the background and immediate causes of piracy of the Horn of Africa in the second decade of the 21st century. The format is a chronicling of the on-going and difficult negotiations involved in several notorious cases of brigandage in this part of the world. What the filmmaker Payne discovers in making this film is that this whole geopolitical drama really comes down to a matter of economics. For the past ten years or so, Somalian pirates have seized numerous oil tankers, cargo ships, and yachts in an effort to extort millions of dollars in ransoms. To achieve a balanced view of this very agravating situation that is apparently adding to the geopolitical tension in the region, the filmmaker connected with a number of the big players to hear their version of events. What he learned might surprise you as to the true nature of this issue? The ship owners back in Denmark, the Somalian pirates, the unfortunate tourists, the taxpayer and the warlords all have interesting tales to relate which, when pieced together, offer a somewhat different perspective than the one the western media is pushing: that the pirates are evil terrorists who should be brought to justice at any cost. One, shipowners have factored into their operating equation the cost-benefits of doing business with the `pirates'. Most of their ships sail under a flag of convenience which allows them to hire cheap labour to man them, so no big loss here. Two, the Somalians have been forced into adopting this way of life because fishing is no longer a viable livelihood. Since money is so desperately short in these coastal communities, piracy looks like a viable economic alternative, reaping over sixty million over the last while. The Al Qaeda connection does not seem to play a dominant role sofar in the operations.Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Danielle on January 28, 2013
I stumbled across this documentary by accident. I wish I could show it to the world! There is a reason why piracy is happening in Somalia and this documentary does a magnificent job of explaining why. This is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. Please watch ASAP!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alejandro Carvajal on October 27, 2013
Stolen seas was able to get every side of the story in one picture. It enables the viewer to observe the POV of the hijackers, their country, then the POV of the mediator, the point of view of the company involved, third parties(experts in history and in piracy from around the world) and last but not least It involves the viewer emotionally in the story.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SCZ on January 28, 2013
I saw this Documentary in the Theaters in NY and loved it. Unlike the fictional renditions of piracy in Hollywood movies or the sensationalizing of Somali Piracy by the press - this documentary takes you on a REAL ship, held by REAL pirates in Somalia.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CHR on February 22, 2013
This is a pretty extraordinary documentary. Framed by one specific hijacking and the terrifying negotiations for release of the ship and the hostages held on board, Stolen Seas is intensely suspenseful, even thrilling. While telling this story, the film also manages to lay out a startlingly sophisticated analysis of the global economic and governmental systems that coincide to organize contemporary piracy, and the consequent difficulties in ending the phenomenon--or perhaps even the intentional impossibility of such a mission. Where so many media reports tend to swallow whole the premise that piracy is simple criminality, a form of social deviance to suppress, Stolen Seas turns that assumption on its head, making a suggestive and compelling argument that piracy is a feature of the current social order--a phenomenon produced by the present international political economy--rather than a violation of it.

If that interests you, you'll love the movie. If you just want a front-row seat to a real-life hijacking, you will also love the movie. As much intellectual substance as Stolen Seas contains, no one should get the wrong idea: this is never, ever a boring or didactic doc. The ideas are complex, but the explanations of them are succinct, completely accessible and, incredibly, worked into the film's thriller pacing seamlessly.

I'm very happy I had a chance to see Stolen Seas in a theater, and even happier to get a chance to own a copy--I was ready to watch it again pretty much immediately.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Kelly on January 4, 2014
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Well-researched and well-paced. The documentary tells an important story about the lives of contemporary pirates and their victims. It's compelling because the story is true. Expert commentaries add to the authencity.
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