Fishing Without Nets
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Fishing Without Nets is a mesmerizing action thriller told from the perspective of Abdi (Abdikani Muktar), a principled but struggling young Somali fisherman who turns to piracy to support his family. While his wife and child wait for him in Yemen, an outdated and fragile satellite phone becomes his only connection to all he truly values.

With no turning back, Abdi and his fellow pirates hit the high seas and capture a French oil tanker, demanding a hefty ransom. During the long, tedious wait for the cash to arrive, Abdi forges a tentative friendship with one of the hostages. When some of the pirates resort to violence, Abdi must make dramatic choices to determine his course.

Shot in East Africa using Kenyans of Somalia descent, Fishing Without Nets is the first feature from filmmaker Cutter Hodierne, whose short film of the same name won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film combines the epic cinematic vision of a glorious high stakes thriller with the intimate, textured qualities of an art film, humanizing the pirates by bringing us inside their moral dilemmas and gut-wrenching struggles through their point of view.


2014 Sundance Film Festival - Directing Award: U. S. Dramatic