Last year, Barkhad Abdi earned an Oscar nomination for playing a Somali pirate in “Captain Phillips.”
Now, Mohamed Nura shows audiences the real thing in “Last Hijack.”
A new documentary from directors Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta (a producer on Richard Linklater‘s “Waking Life” and “A Scanner Darkly”) enters the forbidden — and thriving — world of Somali pirates. Using animation, documentary footage, and re-enactments, the film explores their tactics and justifications, seeking to understand the issue from the perspective we rarely hear in the news media.
The Filmbuff release will premiere at the New York Film Festival on Sept. 28, and then open in select theaters on Oct. 3, with expansion to follow. It will be released on iTunes on Oct. 7th and be available on other VOD portals a week after that.