The Project is a gripping feature-length documentary co-directed by MPI fellow Adam Ciralsky. A former CIA attorney turned journalist, Ciralsky has won numerous awards for his work, including three Emmys, a Peabody Award for Significant and Meritorious Achievement in Broadcasting and Cable, a Polk Award for Outstanding Television Reporting, and a Barone Award for Excellence in National Affairs/Public Policy Journalism.
The Project tells the breathtaking and action-packed story of a private militia formed to fight Somali pirates who prey on some of the world's busiest shipping lanes. Since the mid-2000s, heavily armed pirates have hijacked hundreds of vessels and taken thousands of hostages for ransom. The humanitarian cost of piracy is huge, as is the economic cost; one think tank estimates that maritime piracy costs the global economy between $7 and $12 billion each year.
With Somalia in a state of lawless anarchy after two decades of civil war, and the UN powerless to restore law and order, private mercenaries formed the Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) to fight piracy and establish stability in the area. Part documentary and part thriller, The Project takes an up-close look at the undertakings of the PMPF, exploring its intense, precarious pursuit of Somali pirates — who in turn try to infiltrate and destroy the militia that stalks them. The result is a mesmerizing narrative that delves deep into the political, cultural, and economic complexities of international peacekeeping missions.
With all the recent talk about conservative filmmaking, I thought it would be nice to highlight a successful effort. Watch the trailer: