Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018)

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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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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.

Jan 13, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This might almost be the island of The Tempest, a place with a stark message for humanity.

Jan 10, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A fierce, valuable, compassionate film.

Jan 10, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Aesthetically speaking, all the footage here is worthwhile, it's just the film makes its point a little too swiftly and obviously.

Jan 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Island of Hungry Ghosts focuses on Australia's questionable human rights record through a poetic and lyrical lens.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

While a subject like imprisonment and the exile of asylum seekers could succumb to Alan Jones style bullying, Island of the Hungry Ghosts chooses an altogether different route. It's a lure; a tug at your very soul.

Dec 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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