The waters are his home. Why would he plunder the seas, and take what isn’t his?
Abdi lives in Somalia, a country ravaged by famine and war for two decades. There’s no economy. He’s a fisherman, and these waters were his livelihood. There’s not as much in his nets these days, but he sticks by his routine and tries to lead an honest life. With a sick daughter and daily empty nets, it’s a struggle.
The local pirates tried to tempt him with a better life, in exchange for his knowledge of shipping lanes in the northern waters. Abdi resisted. They dropped all their charm and cornered him with guns.
But the bait has been cast and the hook is too enticing to ignore. It may seem like a trap, but Abdi was already trapped to begin with.
‘Fishing Without Nets’ won the Grand Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. It was shot in East Africa using Somali and Kenyan non-actors over the span of 3 months. Cutter expanded on the story in a feature film of the same name that premiered in 2014 that was co-produced by Vice Media.
More on Cutter here.