Island of the Hungry Ghosts
Island of the Hungry Ghosts takes place on the remote and extraordinary Christmas Island.
Home to few human inhabitants, it’s famous for one of the world’s largest land migrations – that of forty million crabs making their voyage to the ocean’s edge – but has a more troubling relationship with human migration, with its jungle hiding Australia’s biggest offshore refugee detention centre. The only connection to the outside world for these asylum seekers is trauma counsellor Poh Lin Lee.
This stunning first feature by Gabrielle Brady follows Poh Lin as she attempts to support detainees and explores the island’s terrain, its violent past and its inescapable present.
Dir: Gabrielle Brady, Germany/UK/Australia, 2018, 98 mins., 12A