Barkhad Abdi in “Captain Phillips. Photo: AP Photo/Jasin Boland
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Before "Captain Phillips", Somalia was known to outsiders because of "Black Hawk Down", the 2001 blockbuster telling the story of the 1993 battle in Mogadishu, when American soldiers fought through the capital after two of their helicopters were shot down.Abdi, who won a BAFTA as best supporting actor for his role in the 2013 film "Captain Phillips", dreams some day of a film that shows a different side of Somalia.Abdi was born in the Somali capital Mogadishu six years before war followed the overthrow of dictator Siad Barre in 1991 ."Captain Phillips", which starred Hanks as the captain Abdi kidnaps, recounts the true story of the Maersk Alabama, a vessel with a US crew that was hijacked in April 2009 off Somalia.Abdi says he was not being typecast or reinforcing negative stereotypes of young Somali men.
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