Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time 18+

Documentary | Feature
Netherlands | 90 mins | 2017
English, Persian, Kurdish with English subtitles

South Australian Premiere

“An extraordinary achievement” (Vanessa Redgrave and Carlo Nero)

Using a smuggled mobile phone, Kurdish refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani, who has been imprisoned on Manus Island since 2013, clandestinely shot this expose of life under Australia’s Pacific solution. At the center of his investigation is a solitary confinement cell called Chauka, a prison inside the prison. Some of the detainees speak about their horrific experiences in the camp, especially in Chauka where beatings and other forms of abuse are a daily practice. We encounter first-hand experiences of what life inside the camp means, how it is governed, the way Manusians are treated by Australians, and the way locals think about the existence of the camp on their island. This is essential viewing for any Australian with a conscience.

Director Behrouz Boochani, Arash Kamali Sarvestani | Screenwriter Arash Kamali Sarvestani, Behrouz Boochani | Producer Arash Kamali Sarvestani | Composer Aram Kamali Sarvestani | Cinematographer Behrouz Boochani | Editor Arash Kamali Sarvestani