Inside An American ‘Torture’ Chamber: Somali Pirate Who Hijacked Captain Phillips Speaks Out From Prison

Originally posted on Radar Online:

As Captain Phillips continues to rack in millions worldwide, there is one player in the story who’s not basking in the spotlight. Abduwali Muse, the only surviving Somali pirate involved with the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama is currently locked away in federal prison in Indiana, and only has obtained an exclusive look inside the horrific conditions he has suffered for the past several years — some say, unjustly.

Lesotho filmmaker Kaizer Matsumunyane, currently developing a film about Muse called The Smiling Pirate, has corresponded with Muse for years, and shared his insights on the situation with Radar.

“There is a saying that until the lion tells his story, the story of the hunt will always glorify the hunter,” Matsumunyane tells Radar. “There are many versions to the story [of the Maersk Alabama] and I just want to tell a version that is not on…

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Law School and Art

Hola Blog World!

I’m a third-year law student at a football crazy university in the Middle West. I attended university in the beautiful city of Chicago.

I love television, films, and literature. And I love writing. In particular, I enjoy writing screenplays and hope to have one of them (at least!) turned into a film in the future.

So why law school? I want to advocate on behalf of underserved communities. While in college, I developed a strong interest in international human rights. I thought that maybe one day I could become a globe-trotting human rights lawyer. While I still greatly admire that profession, I realized (quickly) during law school that such a path was not for me. My goal now is to work as a trial lawyer for a few years before going into the policy realm within a specialized area of the law.

My artistic side has been all-too neglected during law school. I hardly read books for pleasure any more. I don’t write much anymore. YIKES. While, this was acceptable for the first year of law school, I don’t want to lose my artistic side altogether.

The old adage about law school goes like this : The first year, they scare you to death. The second, they work you to death. The third year, they bore you to death. So far, it’s been true. Now, that doesn’t mean the work load has decreased. Au contraire! But, the beast that is law school does not terrify me the way that it did two years ago. As a result, I waste more time. So why not spend it doing something that is productive?

I’m going to focus this blog on critiquing  books, films, television shows, music, and life in general. It won’t be professional quality, by any means. But hopefully a great outlet for myself (and others maybe?!). My hope is that this blog will assist me in screenwriting ideas. I’ve had writer’s block for far too long. I find that when I’m engaging the artistic side of my mind, it becomes easier to write (shocker).