Island of the Hungry Ghosts 12A

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This film was last shown on 17 January 2019

Island of the Hungry Ghosts takes place on the remote and extraordinary Christmas Island. Home to few human inhabitants, it’s famous for one of the world’s largest land migrations – that of 50 million crabs making their voyage to the ocean’s edge. But the island has a more troubling relationship with human migration, with its jungle hiding Australia’s biggest offshore refugee detention centre. The only connection to the outside world for these asylum seekers is trauma counsellor Poh Lin Lee. In the intimacy of her therapy sessions, Poh Lin feels the oncoming dystopia, as the mental state of her clients begin to unravel.

Winner of the Best Documentary award at Tribeca, the first feature documentary from Gabrielle Brady is a lyrical and deeply moving study of humanity's capacity for both compassion and cruelty.

1 hour 38 minutes


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