Barkhad Abdi

Barkhad Abdi, who earned an Academy Award nomination for his screen debut in 2013’s "Captain Phillips," is the latest actor
Director Gavin Hood has skillfully ratcheted up the dramatic tension as a nice counter point to the moral and political debates. Views are aired; sides are not taken. This is not agitprop.
It's hard to watch the film and not vacillate between wanting them to act, and wanting them to stand down. Your emotions
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As Money Service Business accounts continue to be closed, the ultimate victims are the Somalis who rely on remittances from abroad.
Abdi had never acted before "Captain Phillips." He only auditioned for the film afer seeing a casting call on television
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Abdi's debut screen appearance garnered him a Golden Globe nomination. Nyong'o has won numerous honors for her feature acting debut as Patsey in the critically acclaimed film, 12 Years a Slave, including SAG and Golden Globe nominations.
Captain Phillips (2013) makes me proud to be an American. It's based on his memoir, A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy
The past year wasn't just exceptional with regard to films, but also performances. Veteran stars like Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock turned in some of their best work ever, while a roster of new talent burst onto the scene with an exceptional grace that gives hope to the industry's future.
4 popped kernels (Scale: 0-4) Based on actual events, four Somali pirates take over an unarmed freighter and hold the captain
Is Captain Phillips a case where bigger, louder -- and since it's Paul Greengrass, shakier -- is actually better? And do the film's pirates rise above being caricatured villains to represent the real Somalian men who turn to this high risk/high reward way of life?
Have you ever acted before? No. It's that old success story you've heard a million times: Born in Somalia, moved to Minneapolis
Based on the title character's book recalling the 2009 incident -- in which an American cargo vessel in the Indian Ocean was captured by four Somali pirates -- Captain Phillips puts you right in the middle of the action and never lets you go.