Pirating Pirates

Director: David Čálek
Countries: Kenya/Somalia/Czech Republic
Year: 2014
Running Time: 85 min.
Languages: Czech, English and Somali with English subtitles


Intending to make a film about the piracy in Somalia, the filmmakers of Pirating Pirates had no idea that they’d have to lay their original plans aside. The film takes a surprising turn as they become entangled in a web of lies and deception.

About the Director

David Čálek

Biography: Czech Director and Cinematographer David Čálek graduated from Prague’s heralded FAMU film school in 1989 and has shot and/or directed over 30 documentaries around the world for independent producers, TV broadcasters (Czech TV) and more. His documentary Heaven Hell was released theatrically in the Czech Republic and had its international festival premiere at SXSW 2011. The film also won Best Film at the Czech national film festival, Finale – Plzen IFF. He has also shot 8 narrative feature films, including Mamas & Papas, winner of Best Film at the Hamptons 2011.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Pirating Pirates (2015).

Touching Pictures (2000);
Sleepless Nights (2003);
Heaven, Hell (2010);
Pirating Pirates (2014).