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In 2009, German freighter ‘Hansa Stavangar’ was captured by pirates off the coast of Somalia. Two men from vastly different worlds recount the events as this psychological drama unfolds: Krysztof Kotiuk, the ship’s captain, and Ahado, the brashly intelligent pirate leader. As weeks pass and the shipping company is reluctant to assist, the captain takes an incredible gamble. Receiving the ultimate rebuke from his crew as they reject his leadership, he finds his only ally is his enemy. In their isolation, an awkward friendship forms between the captain and his pirate, and both men begin to learn that there are some elemental human bonds between us all.
'The Captain And His Pirate' is an intimate, retrospective profile of the two protagonists in the real life 2009 hijacking of the German container ship Hansa Stavangar.