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Marrickville: Manus Island Project

7 January 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


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Many asylum seekers have been detained on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea for over 4 years whilst waiting for settlement. They currently face shortages of food and water, inadequate medical attention and high rates of mental illness.

We are filming one person for every man detained on Manus Island. Video stills will be uploaded onto our website and we will cut together a video of the footage once the project is completed. Come and stand in solidarity with those detained on Manus.

WHO: Anyone and everyone
WHAT: We will film individuals and small groups making the protest pose used by the asylum seekers on Manus Island. It will only take a minute of your time.
WHEN: Come by any time Sunday 7th Jan, 10am-1pm and you can also check out the Organic Food Market (open 9am-3pm)
WHERE: Addison Road Centre, Marrickville
WEAR: Dress as yourself, we want to film you as you.

This date and location will be our main filming session in Sydney – so please come along!

For more information visit www.benitadewit.com/manus

(& Organic Food Market: https://www.likealocalguide.com/sydney/addison-road-markets )


Australia’s immigration policies are some of the harshest in the world and have been repeatedly condemned by the UN. In October the Australian Government closed the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre, in attempt to force the men to move to the new unfinished centre in Lorengau. The asylum seekers detained there responded with a powerful protest. In many photos and videos the men stood silently, their arms crossed above their heads, hands in fists. It was both peaceful and powerful, a statement about incarceration and resistance.

Despite the crisis unfolding, I found that many people both in Australia and overseas had never heard about Manus Island. The government has limited media access to immigration detention centres, so I wanted to do something to amplify the voices of the men on Manus. I decided to film one person for every man detained on Manus Island and cut the footage together into a video.

This project is about showing that what is happening is not going unnoticed, and having conversations around the world about inhumane immigration policies.

– Benita de Wit (Project Director)


7 January 2018
10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Benita de Wit (Project Director)


Addison Rd Centre Marrickville
142 Addison Rd
Marrickville, NSW Australia
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