Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time 18+
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
Arash Kamali Sarvestani was born in Tehran in 1981 and studied at the Art University of Tehran and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. He has made numerous short films and video art in Iran and The Netherlands.
Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish Iranian writer and journalist. He was born in 1983 but fled Iran in 2013 because of his work for a Kurdish magazine. After several attempts to reach Australia he was subjected to indefinite detention on Manus Island, where he is still in detention after nearly four years. He has worked with the BBC on a television documentary and collaborated with PNG lawyer Ben Lomai seeking the release of nearly 800 fellow detainees. His novel about his experiences in Manus is due for release next year. He was recently awarded the Social Justice Award at Parliament House in Sydney.