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by Taylor Lindsay
March 10, 2014 4:26 PM
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FilmBuff Nabs Innovative Somali Pirate Doc 'Last Hijack' Out of SXSW

Following its North America premiere at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival, the creative Somali pirate documentary "Last Hijack" was picked up by FilmBuff. A theatrical release is to follow, and the doc will be on demand this summer. The film recently had its world premiere at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival.

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"Last Hijack" is directed by collaborative team Tommy Pallotta ("Waking Life") and Femke Wolting ("Eisenstein in Guanajuato"). Using innovative techniques involving animation and doc filmmaking, it tells the story of experienced pirate Mohamed as he hijacks ships off the coast of Africa while also struggling to be a father to his family. 

“Mohamed’s is a journey that needed to be told,” said the filmmaking team. “We always wanted to tell the story of piracy from the Somali perspective while also highlighting the realities of survival in a failed state. FilmBuff’s expertise and enthusiasm in the digital space makes them the ideal partner to bring this film to audiences everywhere and expose them to the little known truths behind piracy in the headlines.”

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