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Armidale (NSW): Film: Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time
14 June 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Armidale Rural Australians for Refugees and Progressive Cinema present
Kurdish-Iranian journalist, Behrouz Boochani, has been detained on Manus Island since August 2013. Anxious to make a film involving refugees and the sea, Amsterdam based Iranian filmmaker and editor, Arash Kamali Sarvestani, located Boochani online. They worked together across a vast distance, to create a poetic, hypnotic film, which is both a work of great artistry, and a damning indictment of a brutal policy.
The central thread of the film is the chauka, a native bird sacred in the local indigenous culture whose singing allows locals to tell the time. But “Chauka” was also the name given to the prison’s solitary confinement unit.
Peter Dutton is responsible for his death. It was Australia that exiled him by force to Manus. It was Australia that put him in a prison for years and completely ignored his illness. It’s time for an independent investigation on all the deaths on Manus, Nauru and Christmas Island. This needs to stop, urgently.”