Shot in East Africa using Somali non-actors, Fishing Without Nets tells the mesmerizing and sobering story of the pirates from the Somali point of view. First-time feature filmmaker Cutter Hodierne combines the epic cinematic vision of a glorious action-thriller with intimate, textured qualities of an art film, humanizing the pirates by bringing us inside their moral dilemmas and gut-wrenching struggles.

DIRECTED BY – Cutter Hodierne

2014 – 109 mins – USA/Kenya/Somalia

Theatrical Dates

Los Angeles, CA 9/25 - 9/28 The Cinefamily get tickets
NYC 10/3 - 10/16 Cinema Village get tickets
San Francisco, CA 10/5 The Roxie get tickets
Kansas City, MO 10/8 Alamo Drafthouse Cinema get tickets
Atlanta, GA 10/9 The Plaza Theatre get tickets
Washington DC 10/10 - 10/16 AFI Silver get tickets
Cleveland, OH 10/10 - 10/11 Cleveland Cinematheque get tickets
Austin, TX 10/14 Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane get tickets
London, UK 10/14, 10/19 BFI London Film Festival get tickets
Minneapolis, MN 10/17 - 10/23 St. Anthony Main Theatre get tickets
Seattle, WA 10/17 - 10/22 SIFF get tickets
Phoenix, AZ 10/18 FilmBar get tickets
Littleton, CO 10/18 Alamo Drafthouse Cinema get tickets
Chicago, IL 10/18 - 10/20 Facets Cinema get tickets
Washington, DC 10/23 Washington West Film Festival get tickets
Ashburn, VA 10/23 Alamo Drafthouse Loudoun get tickets
New Orleans, LA 10/24 Zeitgeist get tickets
Dallas, TX 10/26 Alamo Drafthouse Richardson get tickets
Minneapolis, MN 10/26 & 10/28 Cedar Cultural Center get tickets
Yonkers, NY 10/27 Alamo Drafthouse Cinema get tickets
Winchester, VA 10/29 Alamo Drafthouse Cinema get tickets
Charlottesville, VA 11/9 Virginia Film Festival get tickets

WATCH the original short film


The basis for the feature film, this short film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.


SEE the epic behind-the-scenes documentary


Director Hodierne talks about his drive to create an authentic POV from the pirates and the importance of filming in Kenya.




Tugg gives you the opportunity to host your own screening of Fishing Without Nets in a local theater with your friends, here's how.

"A Gorgeous, harrowing debut feature"

-The Village Voice

"Sundance 2014's Most Beautiful Film"

-The Wrap

"Powerful... Deliberate & Absolutely Beautiful"

-Twitch Film


The film isn’t showing in your town? VICE and theatrical demand-based platform Tugg allow you to host your own screening in a theater with your friends. Watch the video below and then click here to host your own screening.