“Gabrielle Brady’s powerful portrait of the lives of asylum seekers warehoused on Christmas Island is fierce and compassionate” – The Guardian
ACT Human Rights Film Festival and The Lyric will present an exclusive screening of the award-winning documentary Island of the Hungry Ghosts.
This next installment of the ACT Year-Round series is set on Christmas Island, one of earth’s last discovered places. With a population of less than 2,000 people, Christmas Island is home to millions of land crabs that migrate from the jungle to the sea every year.
The same jungle hides the Christmas Island Immigration Reception and Processing Centre, a high-security Australian detention center where thousands of asylum seekers have been locked away indefinitely. Their only connection to the outside world is trauma counsellor Poh Lin, who relentlessly attempts to support them in a situation that is as unbearable as its outcome is uncertain.
The film offers a nonlinear, multidimensional, and at times absurdist view of the migration and stasis happening on the island.
“Island of the Hungry Ghosts is a uniquely crafted film about an idyllic, high-security detention paradise where moonlight, poetry, empathy, endurance, survival, and the elemental power of nature stand as offerings for those wandering the world looking for a home,” says Kevin Foskin, a member of ACT’s program advisory committee and CSU’s Director Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts.
This is director Gabrielle Brady’s first feature length production. It world premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, winning best documentary. The film has gone on to win dozens of nominations and awards at film festivals throughout the world.
Foskin notes, “Films, such as these, celebrate human endurance and justice while giving voice to those unheard. But also, and importantly, films such as Island of the Hungry Ghosts celebrate the ability of film to bring to life the beauty and nobility of such astonishing struggles.”
While ACT’s weeklong film festival occurs annually in April, ACT Year-Round brings must-see films to Fort Collins throughout the year, allowing ACT to engage with audiences and foster conversations about human rights and social justice issues more consistently.
Island of the Hungry Ghosts will screen on October 10, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at The Lyric. Tickets are $10 general admission; $8 for students/seniors. A conversation on the film’s themes will follow the film screening. ACT Year-Round is presented in partnership with The Lyric.
Gabrielle Brady | Germany, United Kingdom, Australia | 2018 | 98 min