UPDATE: Fishing Without Nets is now avaiable to download on iTunes. Go give it a watch today.
In 2012, we fell in love with Fishing Without Nets, Cutter Hodierne's short film about Somali pirates. We weren't the only ones—the film won a Sundance grand jury prize that year. The 17-minute short, starring a full cast of Somali non-actors, was spectacular, but we wanted more, so VICE decided to team up with Cutter to produce a feature-length version of Fishing. We sent him and his crew back to East Africa and they returned with a deep and beautifully shot story of Somali pirates told through the eyes of the pirates themselves.
Cutter premiered the full-length Fishing without Nets earlier this year at Sundance to glowing praise, and took home the 2014 Directing Award for US Dramatic film. Now, the film will be making its full release at the end of October. Over the course of the next month, we'll be showing the film in LA, NYC, San Francisco, Atlanta, and more.
Fishing Without Nets follows Abdi, played by Abdikani Muktar, a fisherman who, after pollution spoils the waters generations of his family have counted on for fish, uses the last money he has to smuggle his wife and son out of the country, toward a better life. Desperate to join them, Abdi succumbs to the allure of the quick money to be made as a pirate. His experience as a fisherman gives him the knowledge about shipping lanes that the hijacking party needs. Reluctant, but determined to rejoin his family, Abdi sets off to capture an oil tanker and take its crew hostage.
Fishing without Nets is out October 28.