Stories That Matter 2019: Myths | Island of the Hungry Ghosts


Island of the Hungry Ghosts

By Gabrielle Brady

Australia, Germany, UK | 94min | 2018 | English, French, Farsi, Mandarin Chinese, with English subtitles | PG

Post-screening discussion with Kin Chui and Nurul Huda Rashid

  • Best Documentary, Tribeca Film Festival
  • Human Rights Award, IDFA
  • Buyens-Chagoll Award, Vision Du Réel
Famed for its isolation and the mysterious migration of red crabs, Christmas Island is also a detention centre for refugees seeking asylum in Australia. Gabrielle Brady's debut feature is a searing look at refugee politics, told through the eyes of Poh Lin, a trauma counsellor who has the seemingly impossible task of supporting the island's detainees.

Stories of the refugees' unbearable, untenable situation play out against the richly textured natural rhythms and traditions of the island, as millions of crabs make their journey to the sea and the local Chinese community marks the Hungry Ghost Festival. Artfully crafted and rife with visual poetry, the film contemplates myths of the past and the present in a delicate interrogation of what it means to be human.



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About Stories That Matter – Myths

Myths are as old as human civilisation. They inform, obfuscate and empower our most deep seated beliefs. This edition of Stories That Matter unpacks the role mythic tradition continues to play in our lives, through national, political and cultural narratives that shape our perception of the world.

Stories That Matter is an annual programme presented by Objectifs that looks at critical issues and trends in non-fiction visual storytelling.

Visit our website for information about the programme: objectifs.com.sg/storiesthatmatter2019


About the Director:

Gabrielle Brady is an Australian filmmaker who makes documentary and hybrid films. Gabrielle studied direction at the Cuban International Film School (EICTV), where she lived and made films for three years. For the past 10 years Gabrielle has lived between Cuba, Mongolia, Indonesia, the Australian central desert and Europe. Her short film Island was commissioned as part of the Guardian documentary series and premiered at the 2017 Sheffield festival. Island of the Hungry Ghosts is her first feature-length film.

About the speakers:

Kin Chui is an artist based in Singapore. He obtained an MA in Fine Art (2014) from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria, and has since been involved in a number of anti-discriminatory initiatives including projects addressing the topic of migrant and refugee rights. He was also one of the eight cinematographers who won Best Cinematography at the Singapore International Film Festival's Singapore Film Award in 2009 for the Lucky 7 project.

Nurul Huda Rashid is an educator, writer and image-maker. Lecturing in different subjects across Anthropology, Liberal and Visual Arts, she commutes across different classrooms with a love for facilitation and performance. She is also a researcher whose interests focus on issues concerning the visual and sentient body, visual imagery and methodologies, narratives (text and the telling), and feminism. This often ties up with notions of identity, both as expressed through Self and Other. Her research interests are manifested through different mediums, in both text and the visual. (http://nurulh.weebly.com)


Header image: Island of the Hungry Ghosts by Gabrielle Brady
Thu Feb 28, 2019
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM SGT
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