February 26, 2012

Interview with Cutter Hodierne of Fishing Without Nets



NPR "A battered wooden skiff motors along the horn of East Africa." via All Things Considered

'Onboard are a half-dozen men clutching AK-47s and debating whether they'll need to shoot. They are Somali pirates.

'Or rather, they're actors playing Somali pirates in a short feature film titled Fishing Without Nets. It tells the story of piracy off the coast of Somalia — from the perspective of the pirates — and it won the jury prize for short filmmaking at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

'Twenty-five-year-old writer and director Cutter Hodierne says when he heard about the Somali pirates in 2008, he was obsessed by the topic.

'"There was something about these hapless criminals — who were in many cases 16- and 17-year-old guys — who had these big shipping companies by the throat and had the attention of all of the world," Hodierne tells NPR's Melissa Block. And what was interesting to Hodierne, he says, was "telling the story from the perspective of the Somalis."

'"I sort of saw their angle as the side of the story that nobody could get in and try and tell," he says.'

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