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by Maarten Stuyck, Lennart Stuyck


In 2009, the Indian Ocean is the stage for a wave of daring hijackings. Somalian pirates in skiffs attack dozens of ships and take the crews hostage in exchange for large sums of money. This is also the fate of the Belgian ship the Pompei. Back in Brussels, a dedicated team does everything it can to free the 10-man crew. Meanwhile, the Belgian police identifies the culprits and decides to go after them. They zoom in on the leader of the biggest pirate cartel and put together a risky undercover operation to lure him out of his hideout and into a Belgian courtroom. In this three-part documentary series, the people involved on both sides look back on this remarkable story.

international title: Catching the Pirate King
original title: De kaping van de Pompei
country: Belgium
sales agent: Federation
year: 2022
genre: documentary
directed by: Maarten Stuyck, Lennart Stuyck
film run: 101'
screenplay: Maarten Stuyck, Lennart Stuyck
cinematography by: Steven Heyvaert
film editing: Jason Boenne
music: Raf Keunen
producer: Barbara Dyck, Maarten Bernaerts
production: Diplodokus, VRT - Vlaamse Radio Televisie

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