Doing Our Bit - Film Screening
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
In the lead up to a vigil we will hold outside the Australian High Commision, we are screening a superbly crafted film about asylum seekers trying to find a safe, new home by travelling from Indonesia to Australia by boat. 'Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea' introduces viewers to the people behind the journey, and the struggles they face for freedom. While some - though not the majority - of asylum seekers try to make a new home in Europe, this film explores a different crisis much closer to New Zealand.
One of those asylum seekers trying to get to Australia by boat was an Iranian named Reza Barati. Instead of processing his application for asylum, the Australian authorities transferred him to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. On February 17 he was murdered in that detention centre.
This film screening will be followed by a short planning session for a vigil on 17 February to mark Reza's life and to call for all offshore detention centres, including those that host New Zealanders on Christmas Island, to be shut down. We'll be showing our solidarity with the committed and brave Australian activists who are standing up to their government and who will hold their own vigils, memorials and protests later on the same day.
Thursday, 11 February, 7:30 pm
17 Tory St, Te Aro, Wellington