Island of the Hungry Ghosts

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Christmas Island; In the middle of the Indian Ocean, 50 million red crabs make their ancient annual voyage from the jungle to the oceans edge. While thousands of asylum seekers are detained indefinitely in a high security facility. Poh Lin, a trauma counsellor living on the Island of Hungry Ghosts, bears witness to the decline of those being detained.


  • Arthur Floret
  • Poh Lin Lee

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Mar 7, 2019

Nonetheless, Island of the Hungry Ghosts casts an undeniably hypnotic spell. The documentary also serves as an important reminder that the United States is far from alone in mistreating its would-be immigrants.

Metacritic review by Frank Scheck
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
Mar 4, 2019

The film is a haunting portrait of the island as a purgatorial realm between the poles of isolation and liberation.

Metacritic review by Ed Gonzalez
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine