Image from the film Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
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Media contact: Anna Barnes
With hidden cameras in head scarves and covert trips to jails and detention centres, a new award-winning documentary about asylum seekers, set for a free screening at Immigration Museum, did not have a conventional production.
In 2009, refugee advocates Jessie Taylor and Ali Reza Sadiqi travelled across Indonesia and met with 250 asylum seekers in jails, detention centres and hostels. The new film, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is the result of their travels - telling the refugee story through candid interviews, hidden camera footage and in the words of asylum seekers themselves.
"The refugee debate in Australia is so drenched with politics that the voices of refugees themselves are entirely missing from the conversation," said Taylor.
Winner of Best Documentary at the European Independent Film Festival 2012 and receiving official selection for the International Documentary Film Festival, UK Film Festival and the Thin Line Film Festival, the documentary is currently on an Australian tour. The Immigration Museum will host one of only a handful of Melbourne screenings of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea on Saturday 16 March, as part of Cultural Diversity Week.
David Henry, the Museum's Senior Programs Officer said: "The film is an opportunity to reflect on some of the many paths by which new migrants and refugees travel to Australia, and the implications for our understanding of contemporary multicultural Australia."
Bookings are advised for the free screening, as capacity is limited: tel 9927 2754.
Museum Victoria Public Relations contact:
Anna Barnes, tel 9927 2734 or email@example.com
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