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Mahat Ali is one of the Somali actors who portray pirates in the new Tom Hanks movie, "Captain Phillips." Ali moved to Grand Forks recently.

Somali actor in 'Captain Phillips' makes ND his new home

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GRAND FORKS -- A Somali man who earned a pivotal part in the new Tom Hanks movie, "Captain Phillips," is making North Dakota his new home.

For 20-year-old Mahat Ali, it may seem an improbable path from the small village in Somalia where he was born to the city of Grand Forks.

However, it's the one he's chosen to pursue a job and an education, while keeping the door open for future acting roles.

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