Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Past Event: 16 March 2013

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Free screening of an Award-winning documentary.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is an award winning Australian film . The 52 minute documentary looks at the circumstances and decisions that lead someone to become a ‘boat person’. 

Immigration Museum will be hosting a free screening during Cultural Diversity week (16 to 24 March 2013).  The screening is an opportunity to reflect on some of the diverse paths by which new migrants and refugees travel to Australia, and the implications these stories have for our understanding of contemporary multicultural Australia.

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. Through candid interviews, hidden camera footage and in the words of asylum seekers themselves, the story of the ‘refugee’ is told. What pushes people to leave home? What do they leave behind? What do they fear? Why did they choose this path? And what does it take to turn someone into a ‘boat person’?

The film was the winner of best documentary at the European Independent Film Festival 2012, and has received official selection for the International Documentary Film Festival, UK Film Festival and the Thin Line Film Festival.

Visit the Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea website