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Stolen Seas Documentary

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.

P.S. Don't Forget About Somalia

Thymaya Payne | Posted 03.27.2013 | Entertainment
Thymaya Payne

Yusef is part of an entire generation of Somalis lost in a world that has forgotten them. I started my film trying to tell the story of the pirates, which continue to this day, but soon realized the real story was of the pain of the Somali people.