An animated short film, narrated by two asylum-seeking men detained in Australia’s Manus Island Offshore Processing Centre, recounting the dangerous journeys that brought them to the island and their memories of the riot that erupted in 2014.
In July 2013, the Australian Government introduced a controversial immigration policy, transferring asylum seekers arriving by boat to remote offshore detention centres on foreign Pacific islands. Seven months later, the Manus Island centre erupted in violence when police and guards put down protests with sticks, machetes and guns, and 23 year-old asylum seeker Reza Barati was killed.
We spoke to Behrouz and Omar, who are currently detained on Manus Island. This film contains recordings of these conversations.
AWARDS AND SCREENINGS:
WINNER: Best Short Documentary, Melbourne International Film Festival 2015
NOMINATED: Best Animation, Raindance 2015
SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR ANIMATION: San Francisco International Short Film Festival 2015
SHORT DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION: Flickerfest 2015
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Palm Springs Shorts Fest 2015
OFFICIAL SELECTION: British Animation Film Festival 2015
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Interfilm, Berlin 2015