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Island of the Hungry Ghosts

(Rated PG)

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On an isolated island in the Indian Ocean, land crabs migrate in their millions from the jungle to the sea. The same jungle hides a high-security Australian detention centre where thousands of asylum seekers have been locked away indefinitely. Their only connection to the outside world is trauma counsellor Poh Lin Lee, who visits them every day to offer her support, travelling through the island's beautiful yet threatening landscape. From Australia writer/director Gabrielle Brady, Island of the Hungry Ghosts is a poetic and profoundly moving hybrid documentary that glides between the migrations of the biosphere and the chaotic movement of humans with surreal grace.

Winner: Best Documentary (Tribeca Film Festival, Adelaide Film Festival)
"Powerful portrait ... fierce and compassionate."
— The Guardian
“A revealing, thought-provoking, stunning film”
— The Upcoming
“Beautifully shot… The result is a work of Malickian grace”
— Total Film
Critic's Pick. "Ethereal, intensely moving"
— The New York Times
“In this hard-hitting documentary, Gabrielle Brady draws devastating parallels between the natural, human and spiritual worlds to highlight the appalling depths of the planet’s refugee crisis”
— Sight & Sound

Why You Should See This Film

Exclusive to Golden Age in Sydney, Island of the Hungry Ghosts is a lush, haunting portrait of an alien landscape, using exquisite visual metaphor and delicate sound design. It's no surprise that it was awarded the Best Documentary Film prize at Tribeca Film Festival and has received myriad accolades the world over. One thing is for sure — it will stay with you long after the credits roll.


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  • Year: 2018
  • Rating: PG
  • Director: Gabrielle Brady
  • Cast: Poh Lin Lee
  • Duration: 98 minutes
  • Language: English
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