Hodierne won the Jury Prize in Short Film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for the first version of the Somali piracy feature of the same name. The casting took place in Mombasa, Kenya and some of the actors appeared in both films.
Here are some tips from the director (you can watch the video below).
Tip One: Use unorthodox means to seek out your actors.
“We just met [some of the guys] on the streets and stuff, and we would cast the guy just because…’Hey, that guy looks cool and he’s Somali.'”
Tip Two: Consider your actors’ personalities.
“We cast guys who we thought were interesting people.”
Tip Three: Empower your cast through collaboration.
“Teaming up with them was the way for me to make this feel as authentic as I hope it does. They are my creative partners in the movie, just as anybody else is.”
Tip Four: Camaraderie is Key.
“The friendship I feel like we developed and the comfort that we had just makes the movie.”
Watch the second Behind the Scenes clip below (and watch the first one here.)