Directed by: Gabrielle Brady
Runtime: 95 min
Country: Germany, UK, Australia
Language: English, French, Farsi, Mandarin, Hokkien, Cantonese with English subtitles
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 over thousands of years. On the seemingly idyllic Christmas Island, trauma therapist Poh Lin Lee works with inmates of a high security detention center run by the Australian government deep within the island’s jungles. These inmates are asylum seekers who are waiting and hoping indefinitely to continue their journey to Australia. Meanwhile, local islanders carry out “hungry ghost” rituals for the spirits of those who have died on the island without receiving a proper burial.
Gabrielle Brady examines how a place can reflect its own past and present. Her documentary follows Poh Lin Lee as she explores the island and speaks to her clients, bringing together the island’s violent past, Poh’s therapy sessions and the migrating crabs in a meditative “hybrid documentary”.
This screening is part of the Reframe: The (In) Hospitable World programme. For more information and the full lineup including additional screenings, please click here.
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