Fishing Without Nets
U.S. Dramatic


English and Somali/French with English subtitles, 2013, 109 minutes, color, U.S.A./Somalia/Kenya

Directing Award: U. S. Dramatic

In Somalia, principled, young husband and father Abdi turns to piracy to support his family. While his wife and child wait for him in Yemen, an outdated and fragile satellite phone is his only connection to all he truly values. Abdi and his fellow pirates hit the high seas and capture a French oil tanker, demanding a hefty ransom. During the long, tedious wait for the cash to arrive, Abdi forges a tentative friendship with one of the hostages. When some of the pirates resort to violence, Abdi must make dramatic choices to determine his course.

Shot in East Africa using Somali nonactors, Fishing Without Nets tells the mesmerizing and sobering story of the bandits from the Somali point of view. First-time feature filmmaker Cutter Hodierne, whose short film of the same name won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, combines the epic cinematic vision of a glorious action thriller with the intimate, textured qualities of an art film, humanizing the pirates by bringing us inside their moral dilemmas and gut-wrenching struggles.

Director: Cutter Hodierne

Screenwriters: Cutter Hodierne, John Hibey, David Burkman

Producers: Raphael Swann, John Hibey, Cutter Hodierne, Brian Glazen, Ben Freedman, Stephanie Pinola, Victor Shapiro

Executive Producers: Eddy Moretti, Shane Smith, Rupert Wyatt, Joseph E. LoConti

Cinematographer: Alex Disenhof

Editors: Cutter Hodierne, Dominic LaPerriere

Principal Cast: Abdikani Muktar, Abdi Siad, Abduwhali Faarah, Abdikhadir Hassan, Reda Kateb, Idil Ibrahim

About the Director

Just before Cutter Hodierne was born, his parents sold everything they owned, quit their jobs, and bought the 32-foot, cutter-rigged sailboat for which he is named. Hodierne spent the first three years of his life sailing in the South Pacific Ocean. He also toured with U2 as the band's filmmaker on the road before directing the short film Fishing Without Nets, which won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.


1/17/2014 8:30 pm
Library Center Theatre, Park City
1/18/2014 11:59 pm
Tower Theatre, SLC
1/20/2014 8:30 am
Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
1/23/2014 9:45 pm
Eccles Theatre, Park City
1/24/2014 11:30 am
The MARC, Park City