Documentary (2014)

Directed by Tommy Pallotta, Femke Wolting


A narrative and documentary journey into the world of a Somali Pirate from his point of view exploring how and why he came to live such a brutal existence.
Completion : 2014
Status : Released

Production Info

Genre :Documentary
Format :DCP / 16:9 / 5.1
Runtime :83 min
Languages :Somali, English
Completion :2014
Release :2014
Status :Released


Director :Tommy Pallotta, Femke Wolting
Producers :Bruno Felix, Femke Wolting
Co-Producers :Jacqueline Kerrin, Dominic Wright
Script Writer :Tommy Pallotta, Femke Wolting
Music :Kreidler
Crew :Director of Photography: Ahmed Farah; Editor: Edgar Burcksen A.C.E.



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.


Cast: -
Shooting Locations:Somalia



  • 2014 Sheffield International Documentary Festival, UK
  • 2014 SXSW Film Festival, USA
  • 2014 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, France
  • 2013 Berlin Berlinale, Germany (World Premiere)


  • Nominated, 2014 Sheffield International Documentary Festival - Innovation Award
  • Nominated 2014 Annecy International Animated Film Festival - Cristal



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