Set in a war-torn fishing village in Somalia, an all-Somali refugee cast brings to life this coming-of-age fable of a Somali boy who is faced with falling into the pirate life, or rising above to choose the path of an honest fishing man.
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I really enjoyed this hard-to-find short film when I saw it in a live-action package presented in Chicago. I was nearly overcome with joy as the young boy strolls through his hometown in the final scenes.
A little Somalian boy, who dreams of one day being a pirate with his friends, discovers the nasty truth behind the lifestyle he idolizes when a band of soldiers from Mogadishu arrives in his town. A bit too on the nose perhaps in its "overcoming adversity" finale, but it has a hard hewn authenticity that is hard to shake. A 2012 Oscar nominee for Best Live Action Short.