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ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS

94 min, 2018, dir. Gabrielle Brady

Documentary Feature

Gabrielle Brady's stunning Island of the Hungry Ghosts, winner of the Best Documentary Award at Tribeca 2018, is that rare documentary that not only offers outstanding artistic merit but also timely topical appeal, as it deals artfully with issues of borders, refugee detention, and trauma within a sensory-rich, bustling and lush yet vulnerable natural world.

 

Set on Christmas Island, this visceral, highly cinematic work zooms in on two singular, intersecting aspects of its location: the massive migration of crabs across the land, and a high-security Australian detention center for asylum seekers, where a trauma therapist tries to bring compassion and understanding to lives trapped in a painful limbo. 

 

The Los Angeles Times called Island of the Hungry Ghosts "a gorgeous, deeply moving, and at times surreal movie," The Guardian praised it as "a fierce, valuable, compassionate film," and acclaimed filmmaker Sean Baker (Tangerine, The Florida Project) singled it out as "a moving and intimate look at those seeking asylum with a visually rich and lyrical aesthetic that sets this film apart. Truly one of the best documentaries of the year." It's with great pride that Sentient.Art.Film brings Gabrielle Brady's singular film to the big screen in select theaters across North America. (Eric Allen Hatch)

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Simply one of the best movies I've seen this year.

~Katie Hasty,Entertainment Weekly

Ethereal, intensely moving.

~Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

NEWS

SCREENINGS

December 1st

Hopewell Theater

Hopewell, NJ

October 24 & 29th

Doctober

Mary Pickford Film Center

Bellingham, WA

October 10th

The Lyric Theater

Fort Collins, CO

October 4

Over the Rhine International Film Festival

Contemporary Arts Center

Cincinatti, OH

September 20 - 26

International Day of Peace Screening Initiative

Jean Cocteau Cinema

Santa Fe, NM

September 21

International Day of Peace Screening Initiative

Northwest Film Center

Portland, OR

September 21

International Day of Peace Screening Initiative

Zeitgeist

New Orleans, LA

September 23

International Day of Peace Screening Initiative

The Screening Room

Tuscon, AZ

September 21

International Day of Peace Screening Initiative

Epsilon Spires

Brattleboro, VT

September 21

International Day of Peace Screening Initiative

The Grand Berry Theater

Fort Worth, TX

September 21

International Day of Peace Screening Initiative

The Picture House

Pelham, NY

September 19 - 21

International Day of Peace Screening Initiative

The Hippodrome Theater

Gainesville, FL

September 17

Bijou Art Cinemas

Eugene, OR

September 17

Luna Theater

Lowell, MA

September 11

Cornell Cinema

Ithaca, NY

September 10

Capitol Theater

7:30pm

Cleveland, OH

September 5-7

Ballroom Marfa

Marfa, TX

August 15

cinéSPEAK

7pm

Philadelphia, PA

May 15

Laguardia Community College

New York, NY

April 24

Austin Film Society

Austin, TX

March 24

Rio Theater

Vancouver, BC

 w/filmmakers & special guest Sean Baker

March 22-28

Facets Cinémathèque

Chicago, IL

March 15-21

Downtown Independent

Los Angeles, CA

March 13 & March 20

Northwest Film Forum

Seattle, WA

co-presented w/NW Immigrant Rights Project

March 8-17

Museum of the Moving Image

New York, NY

 w/special filmmaker appearances

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