Stop the Boats

Stop the Boats

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  • Friday November 23 | 6:30pm
 
Stop the Boats tells the story of how Australia used a three word slogan to demonise people seeking asylum, fleeing war and persecution, arriving by boats in Australia. They arrive on Australian shores only to be condemned by the Australian government to indefinite offshore detention and torture in prison camps run by Australian Immigration and Border Protection on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and the Island nation of Nauru. No media or journalists were allowed to visit the detention camps which operated in total media blackout and secrecy. 
 
The stories of indefinite detention and torture are told by asylum seekers including children from within detention centres, secretly filmed on mobile phones and smuggled out from Nauru and Manus Island on USBs, few shots at a time. This is set against interviews with whistle-blower detention centre workers.  The harrowing stories of the child abuse and criminal neglect are exposed through this film. Also featured in the film is Behrouz Boochani, the Kurdish journalist who has been in detention in Manus over four years now.
 
This screening includes a post-film discussion with Simon Kurian (Director), Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Behrouz Boochani (phoning in from Manus)

Tickets are $20 and $16.50 for concession.

Stop the Boats

  • Director: Simon Kurian
  • Year: 2018