Last Hijack

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Synopsis

"Last Hijack" is a true tale of survival in Somalia told from the pirate's perspective. Combining animation with documentary storytelling, the film takes an innovative hybrid approach to explore how one Somali pirate - Mohamed - came to live such a brutal and dangerous existence. Animated re-enactments exploring Mohamed's memories, dreams and fears from his point of view are juxtaposed with raw footage from his everyday life in an original non-fiction narrative.

Somalia is the worldwide capital of piracy, and Mohamed is one of Somalia's most experienced priates. But in his homeland, a failed state, Mohamed is just another middle-aged man trying to make ends meet. Far removed from the glamour and adventure of the pirates of books and movies, Somali pirates face increasing scrutiny and stigmatization both at home and abroad. Now Mohamed is engaged and both his parents and his in-laws pressure him to change his ways before the big wedding day. Mohamed senses that the golden age of piracy may be coming to an end, and with pressure pounting to provide for his loved ones, he must decide whether to risk everything for one last hijack.

Credits

Directors

Tommy Pallotta & Femke Wolting

Producer

Femke Wolting - SUBMARINE (NL)

Co-producers

Bart Van Langendonck - SAVAGE FILM (BE), IKON (CH), RAZOR FILM (DE), STILL FILMS (IR) and ZDF (DE)

In association with

Bord Scannan na hEireann/the Irish Film Board

With the support of

the Media Programme of the European Union, Netherlands Film Fund, CoBO, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, the Dutch Media Fund and the Flanders Audiovisual Fund

With the participation of

PLANETE+ and RTS Radio Télévision Suisse

Festivals & Awards

Berlinale, Docville, SXSW, Annecy, Movies That Matter, Holland Animation Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Dark Light Film Festival, Geneva International Film Festival, The Netherlands Film Festival, Dok Leipzig, Tempo Documentary Festival, Revelation Perth, Galway Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, Sitges Film Festival, CPH DOX, Festival dei Popoli, Digital Emmy Award, Maremostra Film Festival, Monstra, Future Film Festival, Ecofalante Environmental Film Festival

Specs

Runtime

90'

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