By Alison Willmore | Indiewire January 17, 2013 at 4:28PM
Thymaya Payne's documentary about piracy in Somalia is the latest film set to air in the DirecTV documentary series "Something to Talk About." The film will air on DirecTV's exclusive Audience Network on Saturday, January 26th after a New York theatrical premiere on January 18th an additional screenings in Dallas, New Orleans, L.A., Seattle, Scottsdale, and D.C.
"Stolen Seas," which premiered at the Locarno Film Festival last year, was made by filmmakers who spent three years traveling to dangerous locales to explore the Somali pirate phenomenon, offering interviews with pirates, hostages and their relatives, negotiators, ship-owners and experts on piracy and international policy. The film features audio recordings and found footage from the middle of a hostage negotiation for a Danish shipping vessel that stretches out for 70 days, as the relationship between the ship's owner and the pirate's negotiator births an unlikely friendship.
"Stolen Seas" is the fourth film in the Something to Talk About series, which began with "Battle for Brooklyn" in October and continued with "The Rolling Stones Charlie is My Darling – Ireland 1965" and "Big Boys Gone Bananas!*" DirecTV is also ramping up for the premiere of its first original scripted series, the Thandie Newton undercover cop drama "Rogue," on April 3 on the Audience Network.
Check out the trailer for "Stolen Seas" below.