Deathscapes

Weaponised Exposure 6i - Representations: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Deathscapes

Representations: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

[imagecaption] ‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (TRAILER)’, 2011. The film can be streamed and downloaded from their website. [/imagecaption]

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The 2011 documentary Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea follows the journeys of several refugees who were living in limbo in Indonesia. It explores the question of why people are compelled to seek asylum by boat, underlining the exposure that people face in transit countries and the delicate line that they are forced to tread between life and death.

As people trace their histories and speak of previous attempts to reach Australia, of lost loved ones and uncertainty for their futures, it becomes clear that before they board the boat to Australia, they face an inhospitable terrain: one where the threat of incarceration is omnipresent, where their rights are not respected and their circumstances are largely beyond their control. The film challenges the government’s simplistic argument about stopping drownings by making clear that ‘saving lives’ means enabling people to live in safety and dignity with a real prospect of resettlement, rather than merely stopping them from getting on boats.


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