10 11 2009

Recent information obtained from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) indicates that there are around 2,000 asylum seekers and refugees currently being held in prisons, detention centres and compounds across Indonesia. This figure includes a large number of children, babies and unaccompanied minors. They are mostly Iraqi, and Afghan Hazaras. Many of these people have a plausible connection with Australia. Many have family members who are Australian permanent residents or citizens.

‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’ is a moving and visceral look into what it’s like within the Indonesian Detention System. Jessie Taylor and Ali Reza travelled the length of Indonesia between the 6th – 29th July 2009, visiting 11 different places of detention. Filmed with a combination of the latest in Digital SLR video cameras and other hidden camera devices they were able to capture stories in places journalists are not welcome. ‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’ is filmed in a way that is confronting and personal.

What they found was the prequel to the story of the ‘boat person’. We see the heartbreaking decision to get on a boat, the full awareness of the possible consequences of it, and all of the living conditions endured during the waiting period. We see this through the eyes of young men, unaccompanied children, families with babies, and widowed mothers with young children. The stories are told in an unsettling manner. Real, raw, unrelenting and emotive.




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