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  • Stop the Boats is the story of indefinite detention and torture told by asylum seekers including children from within offshore detention prisons on the remote islands of Nauru and Manus, where they are being held by the Australian Government because they arrived by boats and sought asylum in Australia. The horror inside the detention prison was secretly filmed and smuggled out from Nauru and Manus Island on USBs, few shots at a time. No media or journalists were allowed to visit the detention camps which operated in total media blackout and secrecy.

  • Stop the Boats is the story of indefinite detention and torture told by asylum seekers including children from within offshore detention centres on the remote islands of Nauru and Manus, where they are being held by the Australian Government because they arrived here by boats and sought asylum. The horror inside the detention centres was secretly filmed and smuggled out from Nauru and Manus Island on USBs, few shots at a time.No media or journalists were allowed to visit the detention camps which operated in total media blackout and secrecy.


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  • Stop the Boats is the story of indefinite detention and torture told by asylum seekers including children from within offshore detention centres on the remote islands of Nauru and Manus, where they are being held by the Australian Government because they arrived here by boats and sought asylum. The horror inside the detention centres was secretly filmed by detainees and smuggled out from Nauru and Manus Island on USBs, few shots at a time. This is set against interviews with whistle-blower detention centre workers and refugees onshore. The harrowing stories of the child abuse including by prison guards are exposed through this film. No media or journalists were allowed to visit the detention camps which operated in total media blackout and secrecy.

    One of the main people featured in the film is Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani who fled the Iranian regime and arrived at Christmas Island by boat from Indonesia on 21 July 2013 just three days after then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced that people arriving here by boats would no longer be settled here. Transferred to Manus Island detention centre in August a month after his arrival, Behrouz is in his sixth year of detention. Amidst the chaos and the psychological and physical torture of prison life where over 1000 men fought to survive, Behrouz used his writing to cope with the horror of exile. His book 'No Friend but the Mountains' then went on to become a top seller, which won him Victorian Premier's Prize for nonfiction and Australia's largest literary award, the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature.

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