In 2010 through an initiated collaboration with BBC, SVT, ARTE and Film of Records Sam Egag was given the opportunity to travel to Puntland, Somalia tree times where he operated autonomously in a highly intense and challenging environment filming, co-producing and directing a documentary film called “The Trouble with Pirates”.
This film shows the danger of leaving a country to collapse. After 20 years of being ignored, pirate attacks have put Somalia back on the world map. With unique access it tells the story of the piracy explosion from within the coastal towns of war-torn Somalia, the boardrooms of the City of London, the operation hubs on board warships in the Gulf of Aden and the heartbreak of a hostage situation gone wrong.
The film also explores questions of globalisation, force, freedom and culpability – but who are the winners and where and how will it end?