An image from the film Chasing Asylum by Australian director Eva Orner.
An image from the film Chasing Asylum by Australian director Eva Orner. Joel van Houdt

Chasing Asylum documentary to screen locally

A NEW documentary about Australia’s response to asylum seekers may be screening in Lismore in two weeks.

Chasing Asylum (2016) focuses on the impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies.

The film was shot in Australia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Lebanon, Iran and Afghanistan.

A tugg.com campaign by Lismore Vigil for Refugees is trying to bring director Eva Ormer’s 90-min film to Event Cinemas in Lismore.

The event willbe held on Wednesday, June 22, at 6.30pm.

For the screening to be confirmed, at least 56 tickets need to be purchased online.

The film looks to put a human face to the government’s offshore detention policies by presenting the raw personal stories of people seeking asylum sent to detention on Manus Island and Nauru.

With unprecedented material from Australia’s offshore detention camps on Manus and Nauru, Chasing Asylum features never before seen footage of the living conditions for detainees and brings together the faces and the voices of those impacted by the debate on Australian border protection.

Eva Orner

Academy and Emmy Award winner Eva Orner is an Australian filmmaker based in Los Angeles.

Her credits include Chasing Asylum, which she directed and produced.

Academy Award-winning Australian filmmaker Eva Orner.
Academy Award-winning Australian filmmaker Eva Orner. Lucas Allen

Ms Orner has also written a book Chasing Asylum about the making of the film.

Other credits include Out Of Iraq, a film that follows a gay Iraqi couple over a decade as they try to stay alive and together and seek asylum in the US.

Eva Orner’s US producing credits include the feature documentaries Taxi To The Dark Side, for which she won an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2008.

In Australia, Eva Orner has won an AFI, Logie and Human Rights awards for her work.


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