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Synopsis

Deep in the jungle there is a detention centre, which no one but the asylum seekers and the mysterious officials working there has witnessed. A therapist helping the traumatised asylum seekers to cope with the situation works at the edge of the forest on the small Christmas Island. It is one of the last places on Earth where people set foot and it still largely belongs to its native inhabitants, the earth crabs, who travel en masse to the beach to mate. Through the beautiful shots the film shows a world that is alien to us and in which we are the visitors. The film appears to query how one can divide and conquer that which does not belong to us. But also, how can one comfort somebody in a situation which one has not directly experienced, or fight against it? The film, filled with beautiful shots of nature and human warmth, does not seek to provide easy answers to complicated questions.

Teet Teinemaa

Director
Gabrielle Brady
Filmography
  • Island of the Hungry Ghosts (doc, 2018)
Sat, 17.11.2018
4:00 pm
Tartu, 
Elektriteater
021806
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 021806
Sun, 18.11.2018
3:30 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 5
030506
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 030506
Fri, 23.11.2018
5:00 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 8
080606
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 080606
Film info
Countries: Germany, Australia, United Kingdom
Year: 2018
Duration: 94 minutes
Languages: English, Farsi, French, Mandarin Chinese
Director: Gabrielle Brady
Producers: Alexander Wadouh, Samm Haillay, Alex Kelly, Gizem Acarla, Gabrielle Brady
Writer: Gabrielle Brady
DOP: Michael Latham
Montage: Katharina Fiedler
Composer: Aaron Cupples
Production: Third Films
Festivals: Tribeca (Best Documentary), Edinburgh (Best Documentary), Melbourne, Athens
Synopsis

Deep in the jungle there is a detention centre, which no one but the asylum seekers and the mysterious officials working there has witnessed. A therapist helping the traumatised asylum seekers to cope with the situation works at the edge of the forest on the small Christmas Island. It is one of the last places on Earth where people set foot and it still largely belongs to its native inhabitants, the earth crabs, who travel en masse to the beach to mate. Through the beautiful shots the film shows a world that is alien to us and in which we are the visitors. The film appears to query how one can divide and conquer that which does not belong to us. But also, how can one comfort somebody in a situation which one has not directly experienced, or fight against it? The film, filled with beautiful shots of nature and human warmth, does not seek to provide easy answers to complicated questions.

Teet Teinemaa

Director
Gabrielle Brady
Filmography
  • Island of the Hungry Ghosts (doc, 2018)