On an isolated island in the Indian Ocean, land crabs migrate in their millions from the jungle to the sea. The same jungle hides a high-security Australian detention centre where
On an isolated island in the Indian Ocean, land crabs migrate in their millions from the jungle to the sea. The same jungle hides a high-security Australian detention centre where thousands of asylum seekers have been locked away indefinitely. Their only connection to the outside world is trauma counsellor Poh Lin Lee.
“The year’s finest Australian documentary so far, and an imaginative take on what the art of documentary can look like today.” – The Guardian
“The deliberative pace and queasy mood of this film is compassionate and unforgettable, simply one of the best movies I’ve seen this year.” – Entertainment Weekly
Multi award-winning Island of the Hungry Ghosts is a hybrid documentary that moves between the natural migration and the chaotic and tragic migration of the humans, which is in constant metamorphoses by the unseen decision-making structures.
Filmmaker Gabrielle Brady and therapist Poh Lin Lee have been close friends since 2007. In 2010, Gabrielle travelled to Benin, West Africa for the birth of Poh’s first daughter, and Gabrielle’s god-daughter, Poppy, who is also featured in the film. Gabrielle was living in Jakarta working on a film when Poh invited her across to Christmas Island for a holiday. This was the beginnings of their collaboration on Island of the Hungry Ghosts.
*The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Co-Producer Julia Niethammer*
Down Under Berlin is Europe’s leading Australian & New Zealand film festival. In 2019 it returns for its 9th festival edition, once again featuring exceptional Antipodean film talents. Under the motto “EmBrace Yourself”, this year’s program shines a light on essential and captivating, yet often untold or marginalised stories of mental illness, love and grief, social and personal responsibility, family and age. It addresses how important it is to “embrace yourself” for who you are – to stand up for yourself and your beliefs, even if the rest of the world wants you to “act normal” and “brace yourself”.
Tickets: 9€/8€, 5-film pass 35€ (available at Moviemento Kino)