Island of the Hungry Ghosts (12)

Friday 15 November 2019
7:30pm - 9:06pm
Film Unit Cinema in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium

Director: Gabrielle Brady
Cast: Poh Lin Lee
Country: Germany
Language: Multiple

On an isolated Island in the Indian Ocean a great cavalcade is emerging from the forest. A march of land crabs, in their millions process from jungle to ocean, urged by the full moon to take the same migratory journey for hundreds and thousands of years. Meanwhile, local islanders make burnt offerings to the lost spirits of people who died on the island - the hungry ghosts wandering the jungle, looking for a home. Deep in the same jungle, there’s an Australian detention centre where thousands of asylum seekers have been locked away indefinitely. Their only connection to the outside world is “trauma therapist” Poh Lin Lee. Island of the Hungry Ghosts is a hybrid-documentary overflowing with empathy, poetry, and elemental power.