After the months following 9/11 two Americans and two Norwegians travel to Bangladesh to begin an incredible journey. Born from the mind of a young adventurer, Daniel Casanova, these twenty-two year olds set out to build a traditional sailboat to sail 7,000 miles to Australia. The shoestring would-be adventurers settle down in Cox’s Bazar, a sleepy third-world fishing town and begin their preparation. The crew struggles with language barriers and bargaining as they soon realize the odds maybe stacked against them. Weather, un-reliable carpenters and deportations soon plague the crew.
They become integrated amongst the fisherman/pirate community and soon become close with their ‘boat guy’ Kamal. He becomes their confidant and warns them of impending danger – police, pirates, etc. With the USA at the brink of war they set sail for Australia.
When We Were Pirates is an inspiring tale of four young men overcoming hardship for the pursuit of a dream. Riddled with humor and drama the film is set in the most corrupt and wettest country in the world.