Indie Trailer Sunday: Somali Pirates in 'Fishing Without Nets' Teaser

February 9, 2014
Source: Vimeo

Fishing Without Nets Teaser Trailer

"There's two ways to fish…" This weekend I saw my third film in the last six months about Somali pirates, one titled Last Hijack. The first film was, obviously, Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks; the second was this one, Fishing Without Nets, which just premiered at Sundance 2014 (where I caught it and loved it). Filmed entirely in East Africa, Fishing Without Nets focuses on a story from the perspective of the pirates, and how they struggle in their own society to survive. Abdikani Muktar plays Abdi and the entire cast gives powerful performances. Found via The Film Stage we have a look at the rather stunning first teaser below.

Watch the first official teaser trailer for Cutter Hodierne's Fishing Without Nets, direct via Vimeo:

Shot in East Africa using Somali non-actors, Fishing Without Nets tells the mesmerizing and sobering story of the bandits from the Somali point of view. First-time feature filmmaker Cutter Hodierne combines the epic cinematic vision of a glorious action-thriller with intimate, textured qualities of an art film, humanizing the pirates by bringing us inside their moral dilemmas and gut-wrenching struggles. Cutter debuted this first as a short at Sundance in 2012, winning the Grand Jury Prize for Short Film. The feature film, which just premiered at Sundance 2014, won the U.S. Dramatic Competition Best Director award. Fishing Without Nets is still seeking distribution, but we'll definitely be following this one up to release. It's worth catching.

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Reader Feedback - 3 Comments


Just watched it in it's entirety on Vice's YouTube channel. Stunning cinematography, but lacks a bit of focus for a short film.

cuckoozey on Feb 9, 2014


Be sure to see the full feature film based on that short. It just premiered at Sundance, will probably be in theaters around fall/winter 2014. Has a much stronger and clearer focus on the main character Abdi.

Alex Billington on Feb 9, 2014


Cool, thanks Alex....

cuckoozey on Feb 10, 2014

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