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Chasing Asylum

Eva Orner 2016

Chasing Asylum exposes the real impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies and explores how ‘The Lucky Country’ became a country where leaders choose detention over compassion and governments deprive the desperate of their basic human rights. The film features never before seen footage from inside Australia’s offshore detention camps, revealing the personal impact of sending those in search of a safe home to languish in limbo. Chasing Asylum explores the mental, physical and fiscal consequences of Australia’s decision to lock away families in unsanitary conditions hidden from media scrutiny.


  • The Guardian
    'Vital and gutwrenching' ★★★★
  • Variety
    'The revealing and frequently heartbreaking documentary is bound to create shockwaves'
  • Forbes
    'A shocking expose'
  • Screen Daily
    'A no-holds-barred expose of injustice, Chasing Asylum inspires a visceral reaction that is likely to resonate with viewers around the world'
  • POV Magazine
    'The passion, conviction, and courage displayed throughout make this one compelling and persuasive doc."

Festival Participation

  • Hot Docs - 2016
  • BFI London Film Festival - 2016
  • Warsaw IFF - 2016
  • New Zealand IFF - 2016
  • Reykjavik IFF - 2016

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