Last Hijack: Original Somali Pirate Tale, Told from Subjective POV

A true tale of survival in Somalia, the riveting film Last Hijack benefits from his narrative strategy–for a change, it is told from the pirate’s perspective–and original visuals.

Wolrd premiering at the 2014 New York Film Fest, and likely to get critical support, Last Hijack should find a worthy US distributor.

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 pirates. 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 ending soon, and so, feeling under strong pressures to provide for those he loved ones, he faces a serious dilemma of whether to risk everything for one last hijack.

Engaging from first fram to last, Last Hijack serves as a good companion piece to “Captain Phillips,” Paul Greengrass’ fact-based piracy tale, which served as opening night to last year’s New York Film Fest.


Running time: 83

Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting