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Art + Film: Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time


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Presented in collaboration with DocPlay and The Saturday Paper.

In conjunction with the 21st Biennale of Sydney, we're excited to present two screenings of the documentary, 'Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time' on Wednesday 18 April, 6–8pm and Sunday 22 April, 2–4pm.

The Wednesday 18 April screening will be followed by a Q&A with Ian Rintoul. Ian is an Australian political activist and was a founding member of the Refugee Action Coalition Sydney RAC in 1999, actively campaigning to shift public opinion, oppose mandatory detention and offshore processing, and campaign for refugees to be welcomed in Australia.

About the film
Detained on Manus Island, Iranian-Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani was determined that his narrative would not get reinterpreted and lost within history. Working with Iranian-Dutch filmmaker Arash Kamali Sarvestani, Boochani secretly captured footage on his mobile phone, sending it to the Netherlands to be shaped into a film.

The pair have created a record of daily life in the Manus Island detention centre, capturing detainees phoning anxious relatives, ambulances arriving and fences being erected around the ramshackle camp.

Director: Arash Kamali Sarvestani, Behrouz Boochani
Year: 2017
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Rating: unclassified, ages 15+
Language: English, Persian, Kurdish, with some subtitles