Classic Elsternwick - Saturday 28 May 2016, 2:30pm
Running time: 96m
Classification: MA15+ (Strong coarse language)
Release date: 26/03/16
Rating: 8/10 (ME 4/5, DP 4/5)
Eva Orner's powerful documentary Seeking Asylum breaks through the political rhetoric to present a tender and human film about the struggles of those desperately seeking a new life. Using footage secretly filmed within offshore detention facilities in Nauru and Manus Island, Orner doesn't hold back any punches in bringing a human face to the very human stories of fear, desperation and injustice.
There are interviews with well-intentioned but poorly prepared 'workers' who were sent to the camps to support the detainees, and their recollections and accompanying vision provide uncomfortable viewing. This isn't an easy film to watch but it's an important film for anyone with an opinion on either side of the debate. (ME)
6th AACTA Awards