After being detained on Manus Island for over six years and after three years in New Zealand as a free man, Behrouz Boochani was finally granted a visa to visit Australia.
At this special screening of Behrouz, Behrouz Boochani will be there in person and will join the film’s director Simon V. Kurian for the post screening Q&A.
Behrouz is a feature documentary telling the story of Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish journalist who fled the Iranian regime, seeking asylum in Australia in 2013. Transferred to Manus Island Detention Centre a month after his arrival on Australian shores by boat, Behrouz spent six years in detention. His reporting and writings from Manus Island, using a smuggled mobile phone, brought to international notice the horrific reality of life for detainees.
His book No Friend but the Mountains (2018) written while in detention on his mobile phone has become one of the most celebrated books in Australia in recent times, winning Australia’s prestigious literary award, the 2019 Victorian Prize for Literature. His current book is Freedom, Only Freedom: Prison writings of Behrouz Boochani.
This event will include a post-screening Q&A with Behrouz Boochani and the film's director Simon V. Kurian.