Island of the Hungry Ghosts

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Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Directed by Gabrielle Brady

  • Germany, UK, Australia 2018; 94 min
  • Original version: English, Farsi, French, Mandarin
  • Genre: Documentary
    • Buyens-Chagoll Award - Visions du Réel
    • Best Documentary Feature - Tribeca FF
    • Flinders University Feature Documentary Competition Award - Adelaide FF
    • Grand Jury Prize - Mumbai FF

Synopsis

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.

Production

  • CHROMOSOM FILMPRODUKTION

     

  • THIRD FILMS

     

  • ECHOTANGO AUSTRALIA

     

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