DIRECTOR: Gabrielle Brady
GERMANY/UK/AUSTRALIA / 2018
SUNDAY 12 MAY 3:15PM / CINEMA 2
SUNDAY 19 MAY 1O:OOAM / CINEMA 2
RUNNING TIME: 98 MINS
The film is as much an exploration of often contradictory human attitudes towards migration as it is towards the experiences of the refugees themselves.
Winner of the Best Documentary at both the Adelaide Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival, this remarkable film explores Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean. The island plays host to two incredible events. Firstly, millions of crabs travel across the island, from jungle to ocean, provoked by the full moon. Secondly, the island has a high-security immigration detention centre populated by many asylum seekers. Poh Lin Lee is a trauma counsellor working with these people of uncertain future. Government Policy precludes any direct commentary on these asylum seekers, so the film focuses on the spiritual experiences of Poh’s counselling, and the hungry ghost rituals for the spirits of those who died on the island. An unmissable experience.
THERE WILL BE A FREE DISCUSSION OF THE ISSUES RAISED IN THIS FILM WITH PRODUCER SOPHIE MATHISEN AT THE DUKE HOTEL, HOBART AND AT THE PLOUGH INN, LAUNCESTON.