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7:30pm International Film Series: A Hijacking
September 15, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
I-House and United Nations Association – Davis Chapter co-sponsors the screening of free international films (with subtitles) on the first and third Fridays of each month from September – May. Refreshments are served at 7:30pm, and films begin at 8:00pm. Donations are appreciated. In addition to the United Nations series, I-House offers a variety of mini film festivals throughout the year.
September 15, 2017 A Hijacking (Kapringen) (2012, Denmark, directed by Tobias Lindholm, 103 min.)
The film starts by introducing us to the 7-man crew of a Danish cargo ship on the way home just before being hijacked by Somali pirates. Next we meet the CEO of the fleet, Peter Ludvigsen (Søren Malling) who has just smoothly negotiated a deal with Japanese businessmen. The pirates demand $15 million for the crew whose main spokesman is the cook, Mikkel Hartmann (Pilou Asbæk). Through a translator, Omar (Abdihakin Asgar), the negotiations between the pirates and the Copenhagen office drag on for months at a glacial pace, showing the agony caused by life or death decisions on both sides, with questions about a system that places so little value on human life. Based on a true incident, the realism of the hot, cramped, conditions on board was achieved by filming on a ship in the Indian Ocean with technical advise from former hostages. Gary Skjoldmose Porter, who plays the British negotiator Connor, is an actual hostage negotiator.