The Pirates of Somalia (film)

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The Pirates of Somalia
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byBryan Buckley
Screenplay byBryan Buckley
Produced byClaude Dal Farra
Irfaan Fredericks
Mino Jarjoura
Matt Lefebvre
StarringEvan Peters
Barkhad Abdi
Melanie Griffith
Al Pacino
CinematographyScott Henriksen
Edited byJay Nelson
Music byAndrew Feltenstein
John Nau
Hungry Man Productions
BCDF Pictures
Kalahari Pictures
Distributed byEcho Bridge
Release date
Running time
118 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

The Pirates of Somalia (or simply Pirates of Somalia in the UK) is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by Bryan Buckley. The film stars Evan Peters, Al Pacino, Melanie Griffith, and Barkhad Abdi. The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 27, 2017. The film was released on December 8, 2017, by Echo Bridge.


After his graduation from the University of Toronto, journalist Jay Bahadur in vain tries to gain a foothold in the profession. Still living with his parents, he keeps himself afloat with unsatisfactory activity as a questioner for product placing in supermarkets. A chance appears when his journalistic idol Seymour Tolbin inspires him to realize his dream of journalism not in a conventional way through a post-graduate university education, but through an exciting mission to investigate the backgrounds of piracy in Somalia.

Bahadur secures support from local people and flies to the civil war-torn country. Through his translator Abdi, he manages to establish contacts with the local Somali pirates and to interview them. He gets increasingly interested in studying an organization of Somali pirates. In order to fulfill this dream, Jay continues his investigation, finding himself more and more in danger, and is eventually carried along by the maelstrom of events.



On October 20, 2015, it was announced Bryan Buckley would direct the film, with Evan Peters joining the cast.[2] On February 11, 2016, Al Pacino, Melanie Griffith and Barkhad Abdi joined the cast of the film.[3] Principal photography began in February 2016, and ended on April 24, 2016.[3][4]


The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 27, 2017.[5] Shortly after, Echo Bridge acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film, and set it for a December 8, 2017, release.[6]


  1. ^ Debruge, Peter (2017-04-27). "Tribeca Film Review: 'Dabka'". Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  2. ^ a b Busch, Anita (2015-10-20). "Bryan Buckley Directing 'Where The White Man Runs Away'; Evan Peters To Star". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Al Pacino Joins Cast of Somali Drama 'Where the White Man Runs Away' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. 2016-02-11. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  4. ^ "On the Set for 4/29/16: Nicholas Hoult Starts 'Rebel in the Rye', Elizabeth Olsen & Jeremy Renner Wrap 'Wind River'". SSN Insider. 2016-04-29. Archived from the original on 2017-02-22. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  5. ^ "Dabka". Tribeca Film Festival. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  6. ^ Haring, Bruce (October 23, 2017). "Echo Bridge Scores Timely Evan Peters Movie 'The Pirates Of Somalia' For December Bow". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 23, 2017.

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