Short Film Screening


Immigration Museum
400 Flinders Street
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
What's On

Join us in the theatrette for a screening of short films specially selected by Behind the Wire to compliment the Stories from Detention Exhibition.

Chauka, please tell us the time 

Length: 20 minutes

A sample from the yet to be release, feature-length documentary made by Behrouz Boochani, (in detention on Manus Island) and Dutch-Iranian director Arash Kamali Sarvestani. This film was shot entirely on a mobile phone from inside the walls of the Manus Island detention centre.

More information on the ABC website

Nowhere Line 

Length: 15 minutes

An award winning animated short film, narrated by two asylum-seeking men detained in Australia's Manus Island Offshore Processing Centre, recounting the dangerous journeys that brought them to the island and their memories of the riot that erupted in 2014.

Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island from Lukas Schrank on Vimeo.

The Phoenix 

Length: 23 minutes

Exiled Iranian actor Mr Farid teaches theatre to reluctant asylum seeker teenagers inside an Australian Detention Centre. When the fate of the kids is unknown, he attempts to restore their lives but makes an unexpected discovery of his own.

The Phoenix (Simorgh) - Trailer 2015 from Nora Niasari on Vimeo.


Length: 12 minutes

Peter was granted refugee status soon after he arrived on Christmas Island by boat. Later, he found out that the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) had prevented his release. He is one of over 50 refugees rejected by ASIO between 2010 and 2011, most of whom were Tamils from Sri Lanka. Several of these people remain in detention, indefinitely. 

More information on Behind the Wire website