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"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.

"Last Hijack" is both a feature-length documentary and an online transmedia experience, which offer the viewer a unique and original way to explore the story of Somali piracy from different perspectives. This transmedia production will be launched after the Berlinale on:


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.


February 7, 2014 (Berlinale)

Festivals & Awards

Berlinale (Germany, 2014)
Docville (Belgium, 2014)
SXSW (USA, 2014)
Annecy (France, 2014)
Movies That Matter (The Netherlands, 2014)
Holland Animation Film Festival (The Netherlands, 2014)
New York Film Festival (USA, 2014)
Dark Light Film Festival (Ireland, 2014)
Geneva International Film Festival (Switzerland, 2014)
The Netherlands Film Festival (The Netherlands, 2014)
Dok Leipzig (Germany, 2014)
Tempo Documentary Festival (Sweden, 2014)
Revelation Perth (Australia, 2014)
Galway Film Festival (Ireland, 2014)
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival (Brazil, 2014)
Sitges Film Festival (Spain, 2014)
CPH DOX (Denmark, 2014)
Festival dei Popoli (Italy, 2014)
Digital Emmy Award (France, 2015) 
Maremostra Film Festival (Spain, 2015)
Monstra (Portugal, 2015)
Future Film Festival (Italy, 2015)
Ecofalante Environmental Film Festival (Brasil, 2015)



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