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The Pirates of Somalia

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When rookie writer and proud Canadian Jay Bahadur has a chance encounter with his journalist idol, he decides to uproot his life in the name of research for his first book. Abandoning his comfortable life, he moves to Somalia to investigate a still-unfolding situation with pirates off the country’s coast. It’s 2008 and the cargo vessel MV Faina has just been hijacked. Based on a true story, Dabka follows a naïve young journalist’s headlong dive into a country he has no business being in. A free agent without government support or a publishing deal, Jay bucks conventions to conduct a raw, on the ground investigation.
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December 05, 2017

Buckley's script and direction frequently get sidetracked with fictional subplots and bizarre animated sequences that feel wildly out of place
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Movie Nation
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November 24, 2017

Plucky
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The Film Stage
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April 30, 2017

A visceral, engaging, fast-paced journalism drama with authenticity and a few rough edges.
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Paste Magazine
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May 04, 2017

The politics of piracy are complex and well-explored here.
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Film Journal International
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December 06, 2017

Zaniness has rarely been this obnoxious.
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Variety
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April 27, 2017

It never quite charms us into identifying with its goofy, nothing-to-lose hero, whose desperate to move out from his parents' basement and jump-start his journalism career.
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Screen International
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April 28, 2017

A solid take on a fascinating story.
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Mark Reviews Movies
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December 07, 2017

The film itself is one of surprising conscience...
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We Got This Covered
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April 27, 2017

Despite an excellent secondary cast and an interesting story, Dabka fails in its aspirations due almost entirely to its own smugness.
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Slant Magazine
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December 07, 2017

Writer-director Bryan Buckley's film is ultimately more interested in the journalist than his story.
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RogerEbert.com
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December 08, 2017

It's not as cute as it thinks it is.
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