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Register for this exciting event to view the film in your own time from 7 May 2020 and then participate in the Q&A session with panellists:

  • Angus McDonald - Producer/Director
  • Olivia Rousset - Journalist/Field producer 
  • Behrouz Boochani – Award winning writer, poet, journalist, and Manus refugee for over six years.  

'MANUS' is a multi award winning documentary short film that deals with the plight of hundreds of refuges and asylum seekers held captive by the Australian government since 2013 on the remote island of Manus in Papua New Guinea.

The 13-minute documentary was secretly filmed over one night in 2017 when Walkley award winning journalist Olivia Rousset, was smuggled into the closed Manus Island detention centre by fishing boat with two other Australians.

MANUS won Best Documentary at the 2019 St Kilda Film Festival, Best Byron Film at the 2019 Byron Bay International Film Festival and Best Short Documentary at the 2020 FIFO Oceania Film Festival. It has been officially selected at numerous other film festivals both in Australia and internationally. 

The film’s aim is to humanise the plight of those offshore by enabling the men to tell their own stories. The final sequence features a poem by Behrouz Boochani about Manus Island recited by him in Farsi for the film. 

“Remember One Thing, We Are Human Beings”

We are delighted that Angus and his team have given us approval to view this film for a week before our Q&A session on Tuesday 12 May. Register online here and we will send you the private link to the film and an invitation to the Zoom webinar.

PRIVACY NOTE: by registering for this event, you give consent for your contact information to be provided to Inner West for Refugees. 

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