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IFI this Friday, January 8th

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Documentary Last Hijack

Last Hijack, the new release from filmmakers Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting (A Scanner Darkly, Waking Life) will open in Dublin’s IFI on January 8th 2016.

A preview screening and Q&A with co-director Tommy Pallotta will take place in the IFI on January 7th. It also opens at Cork’s Triskel on January 22nd.

The multi-award winning film combines documentary storytelling combined with groundbreaking Irish produced animation techniques.

Last Hijack is a true tale of survival in Somalia told from the pirate’s perspective. 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.

In April 2015 Last Hijack won a Digital Emmy Award for Best Non Fiction production; it has also won two awards for Best International Transmedia Project at the Tous Ecrans Festival in Geneva along with winning the Prix Europa 2014 for Best Online Project at the Berlin Film Festival. The jury report commented that the film had “High production values; rare access to a character with an incredible story; a truly immersive experience.”

Nicky Gogan and Caroline Campbell from Irish production company Still Films produced the animation for the documentary with Gavin Kelly and the animators at Piranha Bar, using a bespoke technique developed with Tommy Pallotta over a number of months. The team brought actual oil paintings on canvas by artist Hisko Hulsing (Montage of Heck) and illustrations by Aaron Sacco (A Scanner Darkly), into a software pipeline that involved 2D, 3D and sophisticated compositing.

Last Hijack received funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.

Tickets can be booked from the IFI website.

About Last Hijack

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 stigmatisation 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. Through his eyes a dramatic tale about survival in Somalia unfolds; how did Mohamed come to live this brutal and dangerous existence? Last Hijack is both a feature-length film, combining documentary footage and animation, as well as an online transmedia experience, allowing viewers a unique and original way to explore the story of Somali piracy from different perspectives.