Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island

If you watch this and find it distressing in it’s cartoon form, imagine how petrified the detainees must feel when it’s happening to them in real life.

Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island, directed Lukas Schrank and illustrated by Luke Bicevskis, is a short animated film documenting the freshest hell on earth, Australia’s Manus Island Offshore Processing Centre. Behrouz and Omar, two asylum seekers currently detained in the centre, whose conversations with Bicevskis were recorded, narrate the film. Their stories are nothing short of heartbreaking, detailing a never-ending cycle of fear, loss and hopelessness.

The other day, I went for a swim down the coast of NSW. In the thick of summer, I could count the amount of people occupying the beach on one hand. And we say we have no room for asylum seekers. A country almost the size of America, yet with a population of 23.1 million people, compared to USA’s 318.9 million. And we say we have no room for asylum seekers.

As the film highlights, the Australian government has spent $1.2 billion a year detaining around 1700 men, women and children in these offshore processing centres. None have settled in Australia. What the fuck is wrong with us? How are we sleeping at night?

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