You like rum, dontcha? Sure you do.
But Captain Morgan rum isn’t all rum — there’s a real life pirate story behind this empire. What? True fact! And he weren’t no Johnny Depp with an accent pirate, neither. Dude was badasser than badass himself.
Where you come in on this: On Sunday, January 20 at 9:35 p.m. ET/8:35 p.m. CT, the Sundance Channel and award-winning director Michael Haussman will premiere The Unsinkable Henry Morgan, a documentary film exploring the myths and legends of Captain Morgan and his conquests in Panama.
You’re gonna want to watch this.
“The Unsinkable Henry Morgan”
You remember that time TSJ’s Managing Ed went to Panama to find out about pirate ships, right? No?
Here’s an excerpt.
PART 1: BIENVENIDO A PANAMA
It’s hot in Panama. I land around midnight, so there’s not much else to tell about the place right off the bat. I get picked up by a driver and we drive a while. Lights blink from the shantytowns and the 20-million-dollar mansions that flank the highway into Panama City. From the city, I can see the sea in glimpses, a dark mass beyond the skeletons of half-constructed high-rises.
A 480-mile, S-shaped sliver of land connecting the top part to the bottom partof the Americas, Panama laps the humidity off the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, pooling clouds of smog and water that tamp down tight over the country. It’s so humid it’s hard to breathe.
I’m in Panama on account of pirates. Not some new, Somali-style encroachment. Historic pirates. Like a specific, you’ve-seen-his-mug-on-a-jug, 17th century pirate.