Screening of ‘Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time’ by Behrouz Boochani

ACRAWSA is happy to inform you about the upcoming screenings of Behrouz Boochani’s film.

Presented in collaboration with DocPlay and The Saturday Paper.

In conjunction with the 21st Biennale of Sydney, we are pleased to present two screenings of the documentary, Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time (2017) on 6–8pm, Wednesday 18 April and 2–4pm, Sunday 22 April (tickets below).

Detained on Manus Island, journalist Behrouz Boochani is determined that his narrative will not get reinterpreted and lost within history. Boochani secretly captured footage on his mobile phone, sending it across the world to be shaped into a film.

The film ties to this year’s Biennale theme, SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement, which examines notions around conflicting ideas across all levels of humanity. It looks at different cultures; readings of nature and the universe; political ideologies and systems of government; and interpretations of human history.

The Wednesday 18 April screening will include a Q&A with a special guest speaker.

Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time (2017)

Director: Arash Kamali Sarvestani, Behrouz Boochani, duration: 1 hour 30 minutes, rating: unclassified ages 15+, languages: English, Persian, Kurdish, with some subtitles

Manus Island is the setting for this collaboration between an Iranian-Kurdish journalist detainee and an Iranian-Dutch filmmaker, made with footage from a mobile phone.

Filmmaker Arash Kamali Sarvestani and journalist Behrouz Boochani shared a love of cinema. They decided to create a record of daily life in the Manus Island detention centre. Boochani secretly captured footage on his mobile phone, sending it to The Netherlands to be shaped into a narrative. He filmed detainees phoning anxious relatives, ambulances arriving and fences being erected around the ramshackle camp. Their intention was to document the situation so that in the future no political leader can present a distorted narration of the events.

Please note this film is recommended for ages 15+.

*Concession: Tertiary/TAFE/ESL Students with photo ID, Senior’s Card holders, Unemployed/Concession Card holders, NAVA card holders.



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