Charlotte UZU (Les Films d'Ici), Femke WOLTING (Submarine)
The documentary The Last Hijack follows the lives of Mohamed and Muse, two Somali cousins: an experienced pirate and a desperate newcomer. Both men claim they just want to conduct one more hijack. Through their eyes, a dramatic tale about survival in the lost nation of Somalia, unfolds. How did they come to live this brutal and dangerous existence? The narrative structure of the film is built around two interweaving storylines, one depicting the “present”, the daily lives of the pirates and their community, and the second in the “past”, where we come to understand the background of our main characters. The “past” will thus provide the backdrop to the pirate’s situations, depicting how they grew up as the Somali government collapsed and the civil war took hold. This will be told using flashbacks, which will also hark back to some of their past hijacks. To reconstruct the “past” storyline, an animation will be built around the final edit of the documentary film. This stylistic approach enables the audience to re-live, with gripping realism, events that would otherwise never be seen. Also, in the animation layer of the film we can portray the pirate’s dreams, hallucinations and fantasies. This animation in a realistic “graphic novel” look that complements the video footage in a fluid, visually compelling way.