Fishing Without Nets
Fishing Without Nets is a film that tells the story of pirates in Somalia told from the perspective of a struggling, young Somali fisherman. The films confronts the issue of piracy using non-actors on location in East Africa. Overall, it is a brief yet blunt portrayal of life as a Somali pirate, and gives an insight into what might lure somebody into such a life.
In Fishing Without Nets we are shown what it’s like to be in a boat and prepare for a piracy mission. There is atmospheric chewing of khat (a stimulant). This short film captures the ethical dilemmas of those drawn into piracy when we see a young fisherman whose daughter is sick and needs medicine, but he doesn’t have any money. Will he aid his sick child by turning to piracy or take the higher ground and risk his daughter?
The casting of non professional actors works at some points but not others, yet overall their performances are solid. The young man who portrays the fisherman who is contemplating joining the pirates is a great actor who communicates the conflict he feels between needing to help his family and not wanting to do anything illegal at sea. The cinematography fits the subject really well.
Running Time: 17 minutes.
Director: Cutter Hodierne.
Major Awards: Sundance, Grand Jury Prize (2012)