• Island of the Hungry Ghosts

    Island of the Hungry Ghosts

  • Island of the Hungry Ghosts

    Island of the Hungry Ghosts

  • Island of the Hungry Ghosts

    Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Island of the Hungry Ghosts

by Gabrielle Brady

Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Germany, Australia, USA, UK | 2018 | 94:00 min

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Located off the coast of Indonesia, the Australian territory of Christmas Island is inhabited by migratory crabs travelling in their millions from the jungle towards the ocean, in a movement that has been provoked by the full moon for hundreds of thousands of years. Poh Lin is a trauma therapist who lives with her family in this place of hostile and wild landscapes—one of the last places on the planet to be discovered. Every day, she talks with the asylum seekers held indefinitely in a high-security detention centre, attempting, relentlessly, to support them in a situation that is as unbearable as its outcome is uncertain. Comparing the natural migration with the chaotic and tragic migration of humans, subject to the constant metamorphoses of the decision-making structures, Gabrielle Brady undoubtedly succeeds in evoking a challenge that is much greater than that of the microcosm she is reporting on. With its fictional appearance, Island of the Hungry Ghosts is a film whose eloquence is most particularly based on its skilful construction and on shots composed with great delicacy. (visions du reel, Emilie Bujès)
2020 LOLA@Berlinale — Shortlisted for DEUTSCHER FILMPREIS DOKUMENTARFILM [German FilmAward]

Prix Buyens-Chagoll – Visions du Réel Nyon (World Premiere)

Best International Documentary – Tribeca

Best Documentary – Valletta Film Festival

Best Documentary – Crested Butte Film Festival, Colorado
DOK Leipzig
Best Documentary feature – Adelaide Film Festival
Michael Latham (CoP) & Leo Dogan (Sound) nominated for the 
Australian film Awards

Aaron Cupples (music) nominated for British Film Awards

Smart Award – Festival des Libertés, Brussels
Grand Jury Prize – Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival
Human Rights Award – IDFA

Best Documentary – ATOM Awards & Competitions in Australien

One World IHR Documentary FF, Czech Republic
34 DOK.fest Munich

Cast and Crew
  • Director Gabrielle Brady
  • Producer Alexander Wadouh (Chromosom Film GmbH), Samm Haillay (Third Films), Gizem Acarla (Various Film), Alex Kelly, Julia Niethammer
  • Director of Photography Michael Latham
  • Sound Leonardo Dolgan, Vergas Hernandez
  • Score Aaron Cupples
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