Australia has some of the toughest policies in the world on refugees seeking to settle in ‘The Lucky Country’ – in spite of being a signatory of the 1951 UN Refugee Convention (which successive governments since John Howard’s ‘stop the boats’ campaign have thoroughly and repeatedly breached).
Oscar-winning producer and director Eva Orner (Taxi to the Dark Side) is herself a first generation Australian who lost three of her Polish Jewish grandparents to the Holocaust. And her latest documentary is an unapologetically passionate piece of agitprop. Chasing Asylum exposes the real impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies: it features never before seen footage from inside Australia’s offshore detention camps and the inhumane unsanitary conditions hidden from media scrutiny.
It’s a powerful and disturbing documentary – but which, sadly, will probably only be seen by the converted.