‘Chauka Please Tell Us the Time’ Perth Premiere

To kick off World Refugee Week, we’ll be hosting the Perth premiere screening of ‘Chauka Please Tell Us The Time’.

Chauka refers to a bird unique to Manus Island, a symbol that Manusians regard with deep pride. In a cruel twist, the same name was given to the prison’s solitary confinement unit. The Chauka allows locals to tell the time from the Chauka’s regular singing.

Shot on his mobile phone from inside the former Manus Island detention camp and sent to film-maker Arash Kamali Sarvestani, this film by Kurdish journalist and prisoner, Behrouz Boochani is a unique record of life inside the Manus prison.

An aesthetically and rhythmically devastating “poem about the self-effacing monotony of indefinite detention” (The Saturday Paper), the film’s message has become more urgent since the closure of the Regional Processing Centre on Manus Island and the deepening humanitarian crisis – and political impasse – that is unfolding in its wake.

Arrive at 6:15pm for a 6:30pm start.
The film will be follow by discussion with Behrouz Boochani, who we’ll call in live from Lorengau.

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We acknowledge that this screening will take place on the land of the Whadjuk Nyoongar people and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future. This always was and always will be Aboriginal land.


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