Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Gabrielle Brady
| Germany, UK, Australia
| 2018
| 94 min

Best Documentary winner at Tribeca, Island of the Hungry Ghosts is a haunting profile of Christmas Island and its forgotten asylum seekers, that overflows with empathy and poetry. The Australian territory is home to one of the largest land migrations on earth – 40 million crabs journeying from jungle to sea. But the island holds a high-security facility where asylum seekers are detained indefinitely. Australian director Gabrielle Brady’s hypnotic documentary focuses on Poh Lin, a trauma therapist who lives with her family in this place of hostile and wild landscapes. Every day, she talks with the asylum seekers, attempting – tirelessly – to support them in a situation that is as unbearable as its outcome is uncertain.

Gabrielle Brady
Alex Wadouh, Samm Haillay, Alex Kelly, Gizem Acarla, Gabrielle Brady
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