ACT Year-Round

Join the ACT Human Rights Film Festival for special screenings of must-see films that won’t come to Fort Collins anytime soon, if ever! Most screenings include talk back sessions with local experts and special guests and recognize the work of local nonprofits and organizations. ACT Year-Round is presented in partnership with The Lyric.

Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Gabrielle Brady | Germany, United Kingdom, Australia | 2018 | 98 min

October 10, 2019 | 6:30 p.m. | The Lyric | Tickets $10 general admission & $8 students/seniors

Located off the coast of Indonesia, the Australian territory of Christmas Island is inhabited by migratory crabs traveling 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 is a trauma therapist who lives with her family in this place of hostile and wild landscapes—one of the last places on the planet to be discovered. Every day, she talks with the asylum seekers held indefinitely in a high-security detention centre, attempting, relentlessly, 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 powerful and 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 she  begins to feel the creeping dystopia reverberate through her own life.

ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS 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.

Panelists from local organizations that support refugees and asylum speakers will discuss what challenges and opportunities exist to help refugees right here in Northern Colorado. Call to ACT intern, Taylor Weigel will moderate. Speakers include:

Cindy Conlin, Sanctuary Everywhere Community Villages, Foothills Unitarian Church

Alex Kloehn, Community Programs Coordinator, Lutheran Family Services Refugee & Asylee Programs

Janina E. Fariñas, Ph.D, Chief Executive, La Cocina

Save the date: ACT Year-Round at the Lyric

ACT and the Lyric are partnering to present excellent films all year long. Selections will be announced closer to the screening dates, but here are some dates to add to your calendar.

Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 6:30 P.M.

Thursday, December 5, 2019 | 6:30 P.M.

Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 6:30 P.M.

Thursday, June 4, 2020 | 6:30 P.M.