Another contribution to the evolving “Somali Pirate” movie canon.
This one is a documentary titled Last Hijack, described as a journey into the world of a Somali Pirate from his POV, exploring how and why he came to live that particular kind of life.
That’s certainly encouraging – that the filmmakers opted to tell the story from the point of view of a Somali man, instead of the expected and typical opposite.
The film is also somewhat unique thanks to its combining animation (for sequences involving dreams, memories, and fears) with documentary filmmaking (for scenes documenting everyday life) hybrid approach in exploring how one Somali pirate named Mohamed, came to live such a dangerous existence.
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 coming to an end, and with pressure mounting to provide for his loved ones, he must decide whether to risk everything for one last hijack.
Directed by Tommy Pallotta & Femke Wolting, and produced by Wolting and Bruno Felix, the film made its world premiere at the Berlinale this month, and will next screen at the SXSW Film Festival next month.
Check out its trailer below: