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Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Documentary

Germany/UK/Australia | Some subtitles

Directed by Gabrielle Brady

Located off the coast of Indonesia, the Australian territory of Christmas Island is inhabited by migratory crabs travelling in their millions from the jungle towards the ocean, in a movement that has been provoked by the full moon for hundreds of thousands of years.

Poh Lin Lee is a “trauma therapist” who lives with her family in this seemingly idyllic paradise. Every day, she talks with the asylum seekers held indefinitely in a high-security detention centre hidden in the island’s core, attempting to support them in a situation that is as unbearable as its outcome is uncertain.

As Poh Lin and her family explore the island’s beautiful yet threatening landscape, the local islanders carry out their “hungry ghost” rituals for the spirits of those who died on the island without a burial. They make offerings to appease the lost souls who are said to be wandering the jungles at night looking for home.

In the intimacy of her therapy sessions, as Poh Lin listens to the growing sense of despair of the people she counsels, she begins to feel the creeping dystopia reverberate through her own life. 

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.

"astute, empathetic and impassioned" - ArtsHub

 

Gallery 

Dates 

19 November 2018

Times 

Monday 19 November, 7.00pm

Duration
94 minutes

Prices 

Reelpix member
Full $14
Concession $11

Non Members
Full $17
Concession $14

Genre 

Documentary

Location 

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Accessibility

wheelchair  

Rating

TBC

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