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Somali Pirate Trial

The Filmmaker and the Pirate Negotiator: A Curious Case

Thymaya Payne | Posted 02.26.2014 | Arts
Thymaya Payne

During the filming of my movie, I met Ishmael Ali, a Somali American pirate negotiator. Ali was dynamic and keen to do press.The only problem in this doc-film-fairytale is that my film wound up playing a part in the U.S. government's decision that Ali was not just a pirate negotiator, but also an actual pirate.