Review: Chasing Asylum
Director: Eva Orner
By Kitty Turpin
Chasing Asylum is the most controversial Australian film you will see this year. With the federal election on the horizon, it is no wonder it was released when it was. Chasing Asylum is an eye-opening documentary on the conditions asylum seekers face in Australia’s offshore detention centers on Naru and Manus Island. It also briefly shines light on how the policy has affected refugees in Indonesia, and the resettling deal the Australian government has with Cambodia.
The conditions asylum seekers live in, when coming to Australia by boat, has been a huge secret kept by the Australian Government from the public. Australian’s see headlines like “Riots in detention”, “Asylum seekers self harm”, “Another case of immolation” and “Testimony of rape”, week in and week out in the media. Most of these headlines are recognised by the general public, but not fully processed, as images of these stories are all but non-existent due to the ban on media reporting on offshore processing.
This documentary presents a case that is hard to deny, forget or push aside.
Chasing Asylum shows the bitter truth of fifteen years worth of human rights denial that has been performed by numerous Australian governments, from the left and right side of politics, which will continue to happen if Australian’s are determined to live in their denial.
Its message comes screaming forward at a time where it can induce change in the ideals of the Australian public.
This movie is the movie the government doesn’t want you to see. It is the reason why they ban the media in these detention centers. Chasing Asylum shows the faces of the people affected by the policies Australians have voted for.
If you have ever felt unsure of the offshore processing laws that are in place Chasing Asylum will help you decide your opinion.
Chasing Asylum is now showing at Luna Leederville. Click here for session times.