DABKA will mark what promises to be a memorable feature debut for Hungry Man in 2017. Academy award winner Al Pacino, Academy nominated Barkhad Abdi, Academy nominated Melanie Griffith, and American Horror Story’s Evan Peters form a powerful cast which tells the true story of The New York Times bestseller “The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World”. The book was written by a 24 year old wannabe journalist, Jay Bahadur, who in 2008 formed a half-baked plan to embed himself among the pirates of Somalia. Ultimately, he finds himself interviewing the head pirate who orchestrated the taking of the Maersk Alabama (featured in the film Captain Phillips) just before the legendary hijacking occurred. The movie is sure to gain international attention, as several prominent cast members were Somali refugees found in the streets and trained to play their roles in an effort to boost the awareness of their plight.
Bryan Buckley wrote and directed the film, and it was produced by Mino Jarjoura and Matt Lefebvre, the same trio which was the force behind of the Academy nominated short narrative film ASAD in 2013.
DABKA will premiere in the spring of 2017. Check back often for updates or follow the film on Social Media.