WFC Somalia: Fishing Without Nets

It’s kinda interesting visually, but the constant shakycam is unpleasant to watch. The actors vary wildly: Some seem are pretty convincing but most are very stiff. (I’m assuming they’re non-professionals.)

It’s not a bad film or anything, but it uses so many parts of The Hollywood How-To Book On Drama/Action Film-Making (scoring, editing, etc) that it just gets distracting. “Yes, now there’s that dun-duum sound… Yes, now he’s trying to get her on the phone while staring out onto the sea…”

Too many basic movie-making clichés that distracts from what is, otherwise, a pretty good film. I guess that’s what I’m saying.

But I can totally see why it would win an award at Sundance.

[time passes]

OK, I wrote all that at the mid-way point when I went to make the cocktail. I mean tea. Either it’s the cocktail or it’s the film, but I was totally riveted the last half of this movie. Even the performances seems to get a lot better! (That’s probably the tea talking.)

So exciting and nerve-wracking.

This might be the er tea talking:

Hey! That was supposed to be a five! Well, I’m not re-shooting that picture… I gotta make dinner…

Fishing Without Nets. Cutter Hodierne. 2014. Somalia.

Shaah Adays: Somali spiced tea with milk

  • 5 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
  • 4 whole black pepper
  • 10 cardamom pods
  • 4 tea bags or two tablespoons loose black tea
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cups of milk
  • sugar to taste
  • rum to taste

Lightly crush all the spices in a mortar. Combine everything (except tea and rum) in a sauce pan and bring up to a boil. Add the tea and steep on low heat for five minutes. Add rum and double strain into a cup.

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