Island of the Hungry Ghosts

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Detainees from the detention center on Christmas Island recount their stories to a trauma therapist who attempts to advocate their cause. Covering the ancient traditions of humans and animals on the island, and the many secrets that will never be known in the jungle, the movement of both species is examined as they attempt to survive.

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Critic Reviews for Island of the Hungry Ghosts

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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.

Mar 7, 2019 | Full Review…

The result is at once acutely distressing and quite lovely, transforming the island into something primitive and inscrutable.

Mar 7, 2019 | Full Review…

A fierce, valuable, compassionate film.

Jan 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.

Mar 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

...clever, innovative filmmaking from a director worth paying attention to.

Mar 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film is a haunting portrait of the island as a purgatorial realm between the poles of isolation and liberation.

Mar 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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