With a short film that shares a lot more DNA than simply the same title, the award-winning 2012 film essentially served as a working blueprint for what essentially would be a much larger canvas. Cutter Hodierne’s 2014 Best Directing award-winning Sundance selected title doesn’t find much empathy from its set of players in what pans out to be this highly effective drama void of morality lessons. However, underneath it all, there is a little humanity to be found in this terrifying portion of the world.
A production that lasted 77 shooting days and spread out in back to back years, we had the chance to talk about the VICE folks: the producers who ended up spearheading the project and are now self distributing the title, we discussed the origins of title, khat – the drug of choice for many Somalians, and also highlighted the choice in protagonist portrayed by Abdikani Muktar – the fisherman stuck in a perennial catch 22 type situation. VICE releases Fishing Without Nets on Friday, October 3 in New York with a limited release to follow. Here’s my interview.