MANUS is a 13 minute documentary that shines a light on the plight hundreds of refugees & asylum seekers held captive offshore by the Australian Federal Government for over 6 years on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. The documentary will be followed by an in depth interview between Angus McDonald and Mandy Nolan, including questions from the audience. This is a charity event with all profits going to assist The Uki Refugee Project. 'We need to recognise that those who arrive are not criminals or illegal. They are simply people running for their lives who seek our protection and support,” Angus McDonald.
Manus is centred on testimonials of numerous men held offshore, secretly filmed by Walkley award-winning journalist Olivia Rousset, who was smuggled into the Manus detention centre with two other Australians in 2017. Hear the stories of the men on Manus in their own words from this secretly captured footage – including interviews with Behrouz Boochani and Abdul Aziz Muhama.
“The objective of the film is to contribute towards the public rediscovering their compassion and changing our collective approach towards how we deal with those fleeing war and persecution. We need to recognise that those who arrive are not criminals or illegal. They are simply people running for their lives who seek our protection and support. As a country, we need to begin helping them and respecting their human rights instead of adding further to their suffering” says Director Angus McDonald – a five time Archibald Prize Finalist and an artist, refugee advocate and award-winning documentary filmmaker. Since 1995, he's held more than 30 solo exhibitions across Australia & internationally.
His documentary, MANUS has won multiple awards and nominations at film festivals in Australia and internationally for both Best Documentary and Best Direction and qualified for selection at the 2020 Academy Awards in the Documentary short category.
* Awarded Best Documentary, 2019 St. Kilda Film Festival.
* Awarded Best Byron Film, 2019 Byron Bay International Film Festival.
* Awarded Best Short Documentary FIFO Festival International du Film documentaire Oceanian 2020.
* Official Selection BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2019.
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- Rating PG
- Running time 120
- Released 08-13-2021