Fishing Without Nets
The short film, Fishing Without Nets, 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 a good insight into what might lure somebody into such a life.
The plot of the film is fairly straightforward. We are shown what it’s like to be in a boat and prepare for a mission but more importantly, we are also shown the ethical dilemmas of those drawn into piracy when we see a young fisherman whose daughter is sick and needs medicine. As he doesn’t have enough money to get her treated, he has to decide whether he will help his sick child by turning to piracy or take the higher ground and risk his daughter.
One of the main strengths of Fishing Without Nets is the casting of non professional actors. Overall their performances are solid. The local 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. Another strength of the film is the cinematography, that fits the subject really well and draws the viewer into the sometimes claustrophobic but always angst ridden atmosphere that builds when people go out on a mission which is dangerous.
Running Time: 17 minutes.
Director: Cutter Hodierne.
Major Awards: Sundance, Grand Jury Prize (2012)