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14000 Refugees are trapped in limbo; caught in the crossfire of Australia’s border policy and Indonesia’s indifference


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Freedom Street Documentary explores the harrowing plights of Joniad, Ashfaq, and Azizah, three refugees who are affected by the consequences of Australia's policies and are trapped in Indonesia. This feature-length documentary tells their moving stories whilst deconstructing Australia’s cruel border protection policy in a series of conversations with various experts, illuminating the issue in its entire (dark) historical and contemporary context.


The experts provide insight into Australia’s long history of border control and Australian-Indonesian relations which serve to contextualise the struggle of our three protagonists as they look towards an uncertain future. The documentary highlights the cost of Australia’s undemocratic policies both on the refugees and the Australian taxpayers over the years while urgently sounding the alarm for meaningful and humane solutions to an ever-worsening issue.


Directed By:

Alfred Pek



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