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Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time

Behrouz Boochani

On the picturesque coast of Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, beyond the sandy beach and palm trees, almost a thousand people seeking asylum are kept behind wire fences by armed guards.

We’re used to hearing about Manus and allegations of the crimes committed inside. We’re less familiar with seeing them with our own eyes. Shot entirely on a mobile phone, new documentary Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time gives us a glimpse into the everyday injustice committed in the name of Australian border security. Rare, frustrating calls home. Cramped conditions. Abuse at the hands of guards. Lasting psychological damage. Self-harm. Poor medical supplies. Murder.

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