ACMI to Screen Manus Island Doco, Chauka, Please Tell Us The Time

May 18, 2017
A sobering look at life inside a detention centre.

Chauka, Please Tell Us The Time (2016), a film secretly shot in the Manus Island detention centre, will be having an exclusive Australian premiere season at Melbourne’s  ACMI Cinemas from June 16 – 18, 2017.

Co-directed and filmed by Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani, who has spent three years detained on Manus Island, and Arash Kamali Sarvestani, an Iranian-born, Netherlands-based filmmaker, the film is an eye-opening look at the actual daily lives of asylum seekers.

Sarvestani will be on hand to introduce the film, with Q&A sessions taking place after each screening.

Boochani shot the film using a phone over a period of several months, secretly collaborating with Sarvestani on the outside to create a portrait of “the coarsening banality and repetition” of indefinite detention.

“Like contemporary political films such as Clash and Fire at Sea, Chauka, Please Tell Us The Time is incredibly courageous filmmaking that demands our attention,” said ACMI Head of Film Programs James Hewison.

For more info, head to the ACMI website.


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