A movie shot on mobile phone on Manus Island and another following asylum seekers stranded in Indonesia shown at Australian film festivals

The experience of refugees seeking sanctuary in Australia by boat – and the human impact of Australia’s border policies – are the focus of two new documentaries at film festivals across Australia this week.

Chauka, Please Tell Us The Time is the collaborative work of the Manus Island refugee and Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani and the Dutch-Iranian film-maker Arash Kamali Sarvestani. The film offers a rare glimpse into the banality and brutality of life inside Australia’s secretive offshore detention regime.

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