Last Hijack

Last Hijack

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. 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.


Directors: Tommy Pallotta / Femke Wolting
Producer: Submarine
Co-producers: Still Films, Razor Film, Savage Film, IKON and ZDF
Broadcasters: IKON (Netherlands), ZDF (Germany), NRK (Norway), ERR (Estonia), RTS (Switzerland), Planete (France)
Release: Begin 2014
Length: 83′

See also:Last Hijack – Interactive (NL-BE)
                 Last Hijack – Interactive (Rest of the world: coming soon)

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Directors: Tommy Pallotta / Femke Wolting
Producer: Submarine
Co-producers: Still Films, Razor Film, Savage Film, IKON and ZDF
Broadcasters: IKON (Netherlands), ZDF (Germany), NRK (Norway), ERR (Estonia), RTS (Switzerland), Planete (France)
Release: Begin 2014
Length: 83′


Directors: Tommy Pallotta & Femke Wolting
Producers: Bruno Felix & Femke Wolting
Co-producers: Nicky Gogan Gerhard Meixner Roman Paul Bart Van Langendonck
Associate producers: Lucia Haslauer, ZDF Isa Ostertag, ZDF Lucas Schmidt, ZDF Charlotte Uzu, Les Films d’Ici
Director of photography: Ahmed Farah
Research and interviews: Jamal Osman
Editor: Edgar Burcksen A.C.E
Animation supervisor: Gavin Kelly
Paintings and visual development: Hisko Hulsing
Line producer: Janneke van de Kerkhof
Storyboards: Gustavo Garcia
Character and prop design: Aaron Sacco
Animatic editors: Maarten Vranken, William Weigand & Piranha Bar Staff
Lead animator: Sam Boyd
Senior animator: Simon Burke
Animators: Cormac Kelly, Will Sharkey, Pete McEvoy, Mário Domingos
Animation production co-ordinator: Emily Brady
Animation production assistant: Dee Collins
Compositors: Arron Ingles, Gavin Kelly & Alan Foley
Digital systems tech: Stephen Murnane
Post production manager: David Burke
Online editor: Gordon Prenter
Technical supervisor: Cathal McHugh
Color grading: Eugene McCrystal
Title design: Christiaan de Rooij
Re-recording mixer: Tobias Fleig
Sound designer: Andreas Hildebrandt
Additional sound designer and foley editor: Noemi Hampel
Dialogue editors: Lucas Seeberger & Matthias Lempert
Foley artist: Carsten Richter
Foley mixer: Christoph Oertel
Music supervisor: Charlotte Goltermann
Additional musicians:Hatem Hassan – Vocals & Boram Lie – Cello
Co-writer: Fabie Hulsebos
Research and production: Lieke van den Ouwelant
Additional editing: Noud Holtman & Sander Vos
Editor assistant: Maurice Bedaux
Editing advisors: Jonathan Oppenheim & Mary Manhardt
Additional line producer: Ilja Roomans
Production assistant: Anjet Blinde
Research interns: Bibi Bleekemolen & Anne van Oudheusden
Publicity: Yaniv Wolf
Translations: Farhia Mumin, Amina Bille, Fatima Nur & Abdimalik Yusuf
Legal advice: Roland Wigman
Last Hijack interactive: Mirka Duijn, Nicolette Nol, Alexander Oey, Remco Vlaanderen
Assistant producer: Verona Meier
Production accountant: Monika Helmer
Production assistant: Jamak Zandbaf
Legal advisor: Barbara Berndorff
Line producer: Xavier Rombaut
Associate producer: Caroline Campbell
Assistant producers: Sarah Gunn & Sinéad Ní Bhroin
Co-executive producers Ireland: Jacqueline Kerrin & Dominic Wright
Production lawyer: Brian Gormley
Insurance company: HDI Gerling, Caninenberg & Schouten, Reporters without Borders, April International, AON
Mixing facility: RuhrSoundStudios
Manager: Guido Zettier
Subtitles: Subs
World sales: The Match Factory
Irish Film Board / Bord Scannán na hÉireann
Production executives: Emma Scott & Alan Maher
Deputy CEO / Head of business affairs: Teresa McGrane
Business & legal affairs co-ordinator: Aileen McCauley
Netherlands Film Fund: Pieter Fleury & Peter Lindhout
CoBO: Jeanine Hage
Film- und Medienstiftung NRW: Petra Müller, Christina Bentlage & Isabel Krolla
Flemish Audiovisual Fund: Pierre Drouot, Hans Everaert, Karla Puttemans, Myriam De Boeck
Commissioning editor IKON: Margje de Koning
Avec la participation de PLANÈTE +: Olivier Stroh, Delia Baldeschi & Sandrine Delegiewicz

A very special thank you:
Mohamed Nur, Nur Farax, Maryan Du’aale Mohamed and family
Abdifatah Omar Geeddi, Editor-in-Chief Radio Daljir
Radio Daljir and Daljir Youth Learning Center
Ahmed Sheikh Mohamed ‘Tallman’
Frank Brauner, David-Jan Bronsgeest, Anne Buiter, Mark Byrne, Rob Das, Marianne van Doesburg, Silke Erhan, Emile Fallaux, Filmdoc, Mohamed Gaas
Mags Gavan, Jackó van ‘t Hof, Patrick Janssens, Francis Kadima, Gaspard Lamunière, Marije Meerman, Patrick Minks, Thomas Mohr, Niels ten Oever, Nena Pallotta
Laura Poitras, Ben Posener, Keith Potter, Peter Reuss, Sebastian Richau, Ramon Rodriguez, Niels de Roos, Marie Schlingmann, Jürgen Söder, Willem Thijssen, Ingrid van Tol
Sven Torfinn, Joost van der Valk, Ruben van de Ven, Brigitte Veronese, Hanse Warns, Michael Weber, Michelle Winkler, Gys Zevenbergen
Cara Mertes, Dave Drusky, Carol Dysinger, David Fabelo, Kristin Freely, Richard Hankin, Mary Lamspon, Ross McElwee, Cara Mertes, Keri Putnam, Michelle Satter, Randy Thom, Jamers Hickey

This project was supported in part by the Sundance Institute New Frontier Story Lab

“Deggan ”
“Afkaan kugu hayaa”
composed and written by Bashir Farah Gurey

“Yègellé Tezeta”
Composed and written by Mulatu Astatke
Courtesy Buda Musique
Published by CRC Editions

This film is an Irish / German / Belgian coproduction by Submarine
in coproduction with Still Films, Razor Film, Savage Film, IKON and ZDF
In association with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board
Supported by 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 PLANÈTE + and RTS Radio Télévision Suisse