WHY DO THEY COME?
From the documentary Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea.
This time it’s more than 90 boys and men who are missing, presumed drowned.
Another boat has capsized on the journey from Indonesia, its desperate human cargo seeking political asylum in Australia.
All those lost at sea are someone’s father, son or brother. All have names. When word comes of their death in the deep blue depths, so far from their birthplace, they will be mourned by their families and loved ones. All hope for a better life has been swept away.
Just how does a beloved child become an anonymous “boat person”?
Why do they make such a perilous journey? Can’t they see the boat is overloaded? Why would they take such a risk?
The Hoopla implores you to take five minutes from your day to hear just a few of their stories:
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is a multi-award winning* documentary that has not been aired on Australian television. It has, thus far, been rejected by the ABC and SBS for viewing by the Australian public.
Given its international accolades, the producers say they can only surmise it’s because the documentary does not show the required “balance”.
But perhaps, as many political commentators and politicians are beginning to say, in the pursuit of balance, we have thrown out the baby with the bathwater… or indeed the innocent child into the deep blue sea.
This documentary is the work of Jessie Taylor, an Australian human rights and immigration lawyer who, in 2009, travelled to Indonesia and Malaysia with David Schmidt, director of the local production company Liquid Creations.
They took with them an interpreter who was once himself an asylum seeker and collected the first-person stories of refugees all willing to risk everything for a better life.
Their hope was to demystify the plight of “boat people.”
“Australians need to understand why people are getting on the boats in the first place,” Taylor told The Hoopla yesterday.
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