Monday, Nov. 6 at 8:15pm
Tivoli Theatre

In 2008, when rookie journalist Jay Bahadur (former St. Louisan Evan Peters of the “X-Men” franchise and “American Horror Story”) has an inspiring chance encounter with his reporting idol (Al Pacino), he uproots his life and moves to Somalia to look for the story of a lifetime. Hooking up with a local fixer (Oscar® nominee Barkhad Abdi of “Captain Phillips”), Jay attempts to embed himself with the local Somali pirates, only to find himself quickly in over his head. “Dabka,” which premiered at Tribeca, is based on the true story of Canadian reporter Bahadur's risk-taking adventure. Paste Magazine writes: “Director Bryan Buckley, known for his Super Bowl commercials and Oscar®-nominated short film ‘Asad,’ has plenty of stylistic swagger and a seemingly genuine touch with each of his actors…. The politics of piracy are complex and well-explored here, always with a gun in the foreground to unsettle whatever rationality is happening behind it. For a movie primarily centered around conversations, meetings and interviews, each scene has a thumping momentum coxswained by the powerful chemistry between its leads. Peters is great out of necessity — anyone else would be swallowed up by Abdi’s sleepy-eyed shine.”

116 min.

Directed by

Bryan Buckley

Film Category

American Indie Spotlight International Spotlight


Biopic Historical Drama