Island of the Hungry Ghosts



Pickford Film Center Thu, Oct 24, 2019 5:30 PM
Pickford Film Center Tue, Oct 29, 2019 8:00 PM
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Country of Origin:Germany, UK, Australia
Language:English, Persian, French, and Mandarin w/ English subtitles


Presented by Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival with a recorded introduction from director Gabrielle Brady The burning of ghost money perfumes the air on far-off Christmas Island where Poh Lin Lee, a trauma therapist, lives on the island with her husband and daughters. While Lee helps detained immigrants work through their trauma, migrating crabs freely move from the jungle to the ocean, coddled by locals who gently rake them from the path of oncoming vehicles. Lee’s therapeutic work, which is filmed in a uniquely intimate way, and her mediation between the unhappy spirits and the detainees take a toll on her relationship with her family. Director Gabrielle Brady conjures a poetic darkness that evinces a confrontation of nature and human suffering. View our complete Doctober lineup.