Chasing Asylum exposes the real impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies through the personal accounts of people seeking asylum and whistleblowers who tried to work within the system.
Filmmakers: Eva Orner
Length: 96 mins
Chasing Asylum exposes the real impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies and explores how ‘The Lucky Country’ became a country where leaders choose detention over compassion and governments deprive the desperate of their basic human rights.
The ﬁlm features never before seen footage from inside Australia’s offshore detention camps, revealing the personal impact of sending those in search of a safe home to languish in limbo.
Chasing Asylum explores the mental, physical and ﬁscal consequences of Australia’s decision to lock away families in unsanitary conditions hidden from media scrutiny, destroying their lives under the pretext of saving them.
'Vital and gutwrenching' ★★★★ - The Guardian
'The revealing and frequently heartbreaking documentary is bound to create shockwaves' - Variety
'A shocking expose' - Forbes
'A no-holds-barred expose of injustice, Chasing Asylum inspires a visceral reaction that is likely to resonate with viewers around the world' - ScreenDaily
'The passion, conviction, and courage displayed throughout make this one compelling and persuasive doc." - POV Magazine
Academy and Emmy Award winner Eva Orner is an Australian ﬁlmmaker recently back home after ten years based in Los Angeles and New York. Eva’s latest ﬁlm is the feature documentary, Chasing Asylum, which she directed and produced. The ﬁlm tackles Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers over the past 15 years, focusing on offshore detention. Eva has also written a book Chasing Asylum about the making of the ﬁlm,published by Harper Collins. The ﬁlm was shot in Australia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Lebanon, Iran and Afghanistan and the ﬁlm and book will be released in Australia in April 2016.
Also to be released in 2016 is Out Of Iraq, co-directed and produced by Eva with LA based production company World of Wonder. The ﬁlm follows a gay Iraqi couple over a decade as they try to stay alive and together and seek asylum in the US.
Prior to Chasing Asylum Eva directed and produced the feature documentary The Network, set behind the scenes at the largest and most successful television network in one of the most unstable and dangerous places on earth, Afghanistan. Eva wrote, directed and produced The Network. It was released theatrically in the US in October 2013 by FilmBuff, is available on Netﬂix US and UK, premiered on US television on Pivot and in Australia on SBS in 2014. It has screened and won awards at festivals around the world including SXSW and Shefﬁeld and has sold extensively for television.
Eva’s US producing credits include the feature documentaries Taxi To The Dark Side, Gonzo: The Life And Work Of Dr Hunter S Thompson, The Human Behavior Experiments and Herbie Hancock’s Possibilities. Her work has screened at festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca and Sydney, has been released theatrically and sold to VOD and television across the globe.
In Australia Eva has won an AFI, Logie and Human Rights Award for her work. Not a lot fazes Eva. She is simply obsessed with great stories and ﬁnding them an audience.
Director/ Producer: Eva Orner
Executive Producers: Robert Connolly, Steven and Lani Castan, Ned Montarello, Roger Savage, Laini Liberman and Ben Rozernes
Co-producer/ Editor: Annabelle Johnson
Composer: Cornel Wilczek
AACTA Awards nominations - Best feature length documentary, Best direction in a documentary, best sound in a documentary
Hot Docs 2016
BFI London Film Festival 2016
Warsaw Film Festival 2016
New Zealand International Film Festival 2016
Reykjavik International Film Festival 2016