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About the film

MANUS is a 13-minute film, which shines a light on the plight of hundreds of asylum seekers held captive by the Australian Federal Government on Manus Island in PNG for over 6 years. The film is based around footage shot there by Walkley award-winning journalist Olivia Rousset when she was secretly smuggled into the centre with two other Australians at the end of 2017 when the Detention facility at Lombrum was closed. The men were ordered to move to new centres nearby on Manus but hundreds refused to leave, resulting in a standoff that lasted several weeks. The film focuses entirely on the testimonials of the men, and includes at the end, a poem written by Kurdish journalist, award-winning writer, and asylum seeker on Manus, Behrouz Boochani, voiced by him specifically for the film in Farsi

Director(s) Angus McDonald

GenresShort Documentaries

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