Edited by Katharina Fiedler
An atmospheric and mysterious film, ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS simultaneously presents three situations on the Australian territory of Christmas Island: The extraordinary migration of millions of crabs; Poh Lin Lee's life as a 'trauma therapist,' serving inmates at the hidden prison camp at the centre of the island, which houses asylum seekers sent there by the Australian government; and, all the while, local islanders carry out their 'hungry ghost' rituals for people who have died on the island without a burial. In therapy sessions, as Lee listens to growing despair in those she counsels, creeping dystopia enters her own life.
Numerous awards, including Best Doc, Tribeca; Human Rights Award, IDFA.
Discussion and Q&A with Justin Mohammed, Law & Policy Campaigner for Amnesty International, Eliza Seaborn from the Lebanese & Arab Social Services Agency and Wakefield Doc Fest volunteer, Calina Ellwand to follow Feb 10, 4pm screening.