On a small island in the Indian Ocean, one of the planet’s largest land migrations takes place. Forty million crabs make their way through dense jungle to the rugged coast and, finally, to sea. But Christmas Island’s sublime beauty hides another, darker presence: The Australian government runs a high-security detention facility deep within the island’s jungles, where asylum-seekers wait indefinitely to hear whether they can continue on to Australia. Meanwhile, local islanders carry out “hungry ghost” rituals for the spirits of those who died on the island without receiving a proper burial.
- Buyens-Chagoll Award - Visions du Réel
- Best Documentary Feature - Tribeca FF
- Flinders University Feature Documentary Competition Award - Adelaide FF
- Grand Jury Prize - Mumbai FF
- Special Mention of the Documentary Jury - Edinburgh IFF
- Poh Lin Lee
- Christine Cummins
- Arthur Floret
- Poppy Floret
- Gabrielle Brady
- Michael Latham
- Katharina Fiedler
- Aaron Cupples
- AUTLOOK FILMSALES
- CHROMOSOM FILMPRODUKTION
- THIRD FILMS
- ECHOTANGO AUSTRALIA
The film makes much of the irony and absurdity of attitudes to immigration and refugees.
Gabrielle Brady is an Australian filmmaker who makes documentary and hybrid films. Brady studied film at the International School of Film and Television in Cuba and has lived nomadically for the past ten years. She now resides part-time in Berlin. ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS is her first feature film.