“A national conversation on how Australia got so far removed from the international convention it signed in 1954.”

Stop. The. Boats. The three words that have distorted the very meaning of seeking asylum in Australia. This raw and urgent documentary tells the story of how Australia used a three word slogan to demonise asylum seekers fleeing war and persecution, condemning them to indefinite offshore detention and torture in prison camps on Manus Island and Nauru. Filmed in secret and smuggled out on USB drives a few shots at a time,
Stop the Boats documents the experience of seeking asylum as told by those who know it best: the detainees themselves, including children and the award-winning journalist Behrouz Boochani. Also featuring prominent human rights activists including Julian Burnside and Malcolm Fraser.

This film is unclassified, and restricted to persons aged 15 and over unless accompanied by an adult. Can’t make it to Cinema Nova? Join us for the centrepiece screening on Saturday May 18 or the encore at Lido on Thursday May 23.

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