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During an annual crab migration on Christmas Island, locals perform rituals and a therapist works in the island's asylum seeking detention center.

Cast & Crew

Alex Kelly
Producer
Sarah Perks
Executive Producer
Jason Wood
Executive Producer
Aaron Cupples
Music
Michael Latham
Cinematographer
Lara Rodríguez Vilardebó
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Critic Reviews for Island of the Hungry Ghosts

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  • The film is beautifully photographed by Michael Latham, has an excellent music score by Aaron Cupples, and is never less than intriguing. But Brady's decision to withhold vital information from the viewer is rather self-defeating.

    March 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Island of the Hungry Ghosts casts an undeniably hypnotic spell. The documentary also serves as an important reminder that the United States is far from alone in mistreating its would-be immigrants.

    March 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The result is at once acutely distressing and quite lovely, transforming the island into something primitive and inscrutable.

    March 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film is a haunting portrait of the island as a purgatorial realm between the poles of isolation and liberation.

    March 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a potent, profoundly moving approach to an extensively covered subject. And it's a timely reminder that a society must be judged by the way it treats the desperate and vulnerable.

    January 13, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This might almost be the island of The Tempest, a place with a stark message for humanity.

    January 10, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The film is beautifully photographed by Michael Latham, has an excellent music score by Aaron Cupples, and is never less than intriguing. But Brady's decision to withhold vital information from the viewer is rather self-defeating.

    March 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Island of the Hungry Ghosts casts an undeniably hypnotic spell. The documentary also serves as an important reminder that the United States is far from alone in mistreating its would-be immigrants.

    March 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The result is at once acutely distressing and quite lovely, transforming the island into something primitive and inscrutable.

    March 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film is a haunting portrait of the island as a purgatorial realm between the poles of isolation and liberation.

    March 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • For such an emotive, topical subject it is remarkable the approach ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS not only takes, but succeeds with.

    February 13, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Not only does the title of Brady's documentary sound like the name of a Apichatpong Weerasethakul film, but the eerie, snail-paced camera pans deep inside the jungle also seem to carry the Thai director's influence.

    February 6, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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