CJFE and Hot Docs present: Chasing Asylum

Thursday, April 28, 2016
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CJFE is proud to co-present the world premiere of Australian documentary Chasing Asylum at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto. This documentary exposes the real impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies for asylum-seekers and explores how 'The Lucky Country' became a country where leaders choose detention over compassion and governments deprive the desperate of their basic human rights. 


 

Screenings  

Thursday, April 28          6:30 PM         TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Friday, April 29

 

3:45 PM

 

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

 

Sunday, May 8 9:45 PM Scotiabank Theatre 14

About the Film

Asylum-seekers from around the world continue to risk their lives by embarking on dangerous boat crossings in search of safe harbour. But what happens when the destination is as unwelcoming as the dangers left behind? Australia has implemented some of the harshest immigration laws in the world, and Eva Orner's unflinching new film exposes the impact of these policies, which see asylum-seekers detained in isolated island facilities and left in stateless limbo, sometimes for years. Shocking never-before-seen footage from inside the facilities, obtained by anonymous sources using hidden cameras, reveals the desperation and despair of the detainees, along with the feelings of powerlessness from those hired to oversee them. As reports of sexual and physical abuse surface, greater questions arise about a country whose leaders choose detention over compassion, and who deprive the desperate of their basic human rights. Shane Smith


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