I'll be in Conversation with Behrouz Boochani about my travel to Manus Island earlier this year to spend time with the men detained by Australia’s offshore processing policies. My work for All We Can't See explores and challenges and relationship between the detained and the detainers, informed by my conversations with Behrouz and others during my time on the island.
Behrouz will be joining us via Skype from Manus Island. He is a Kurdish journalist, poet, filmmaker and artist who has been detained for five years now. Under the most arduous of circumstances, art has given him purpose, solace, and a connection with the world beyond the island prison. His book ‘No Friend But the Mountains’, has just been released through Pan Macmillan Australia.
The evening will be hosted by human rights lawyer, activist and filmmaker Jessie Taylor. Her films include ‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’, a film that looks at the circumstances surrounding individuals and families who “decide” to become boat people, taking the treacherous and – sometimes fatal – voyage from Indonesia to Australia.