The 26th Galway Film Fleadh (8 – 13 July, 2014)
Sat 12th July
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 pirates. But in his homeland, a failed state, Mohamed is just another middle-aged man trying to make ends meet.
Nicky Gogan from Still Films, who co-produced the film, told Film Ireland, “Last Hijack has been our most exciting and biggest project to date, it took us over four years to complete the film. Collaborating with all our co-producers and the directors was an amazing experience. The documentary tells the story of Mohammed, a Somali pirate who struggles to reconcile his life as a pirate with his desire for family life. It combines live action with oil paintings, which we animated in 3D, with the wonderful team at Piranha Bar. It’s really brilliant to be included in the Fleadh programme where our peers can get a chance to see the film during one of the best filmmaker gatherings of the year.”
Directors: Tommy Pallotta, Femke Wolting
Script: Tommy Pallotta, Femke Wolting
Producers: Bruno Felix, Femke Wolting