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 ...
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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 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 ... Written by
It's easy to portray pirates as evil like they did in "Captain Phillips". It's a lot tougher to convey what the real story behind their desperation is. This documentary tries that, with touches of feature filmmaking. We have animated sequences and we have many sequences that feel staged rather than just happening at that exact moment. But the movie still is able to get us into that place.
A place that is not easy to live in. A place that has changed for a lot of people (in Somalia) and a place of survival. It's easy to point fingers and blame other and while the movie cannot give us everything, at least it does humanize people we see as evil. Which might be seen as troubled thing to do, but it does ring true. Families are at stake and reputations to be held. What will win out?
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