Pirating pirates

2014 / Czech Republic / 87min

The film crew originally planned to make a film about the pirate phenomenon in Somalia. The creators, however, had no idea that they’d have to lay their original plans aside – the locals played a double game with them, which made learning about reality in Somalia impossible. But they kept on filming, and thanks to continuous reminders of their own role as members of the media, the documentary becomes a peculiar reflection of the filming process. The film shows how to carry on when nothing is going according to plan, while simultaneously debunking the myths that the West perpetuates about the situation there while under the mistaken impression that it comprehends the chaotic reality.



  • Original title
    Pirátské sítě
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    David Čálek, Jakub Zahradníček
  • Dir. of Photo.
    David Čálek
  • Editing
    Olina Kaufmanová
  • Music
  • Sound
    Václav Flegl, Robert Dufek
  • Duration
    87 min
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Audio Tracks
  • Subtitles
  • Production
    Bratři s.r.o.
    Bílkova 132/4
    11000 Praha
    Czech Republic
    tel: +420 777 896 158
    e-mail: pavel@bratri.net
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