Secretly filmed documentary shows plight of refugees in Australian camp

9 October 2017

A movie secretly filmed on a smartphone from inside an Australian-run detention centre for asylum seekers premiered at the London Film Festival on Sunday. Nearly 2,000 men, women and children are held on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island and at another Australian-funded centre on Nauru.

Many have been held for four years in conditions widely criticised by the United Nations and rights groups. Recently two refugees have committed suicide. The film shows their struggle to cope with the camp's monotony and prolonged separation from their families. Australia is under increased pressure to resettle asylum-seekers from Manus Island because that centre is due to close by October 31.