Sometimes, a content creation project brings with it a unique opportunity to highlight and contribute to the debate about critical social issues.
Such was the case recently, when the Content Empire team was engaged to produce high quality website and media kit content to promote Chasing Asylum, a brand new documentary film directed by Academy Award winner, Eva Orner. The film will premiere to a sell out audience in Melbourne, on the first night of the Human Rights & Arts Film Festival on Thursday, 5 May 2016.
Chasing Asylum explores the effects of Australia’s border protection policies on asylum seekers – particularly those sent to de-humanising offshore detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru. It features never before seen footage from inside these detention camps, revealing the personal impact of sending those in search of a safe home to languish in limbo.
Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court ruling – that the detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island is illegal – only underscores the significance and urgency of the film’s content.
Interviewing director, Eva Orner for this project, it was clear to us that we were encountering an exceptional individual, driven to explore the ‘tough’ subjects and motivated by an unstoppable personal desire to see governments all over the world respect universal human rights and treat citizens with dignity, respect and fairness, even against the backdrop of a complex political landscape.
With the number of displaced people around the world having now passed 60 million, Chasing Asylum pointedly asks the Australian government why it can’t do more to help asylum seekers, and why the application of our harsh border protection policies is being hidden from public view.
At Content Empire we believe media censorship is never right – as a free and fair country, we should have nothing to hide.
Huge congratulations to Chasing Asylum director and producer, Eva Orner, executive producer, Robert Connolly and co-producer Annabelle Johnson for spotlighting the realities our government has veiled in secrecy as it ‘stops the boats’.