PUBLISHED28 Mar 2019

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Meet the human faces behind one of the most controversial issues of our time.

Synopsis

When she was nine, Zainab’s parents made the heartbreaking decision to leave their home in northern Afghanistan. They set out on a journey across the globe, putting the fate of their family in the hands of strangers. Across borders, behind bars and onto a smuggler’s boat, the family chased freedom.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea tells Zainab’s story, and the story of many others who have trodden the same path. Filmmakers Jessie Taylor and Ali Reza Sadiqi traveled across Indonesia and met with 250 asylum seekers in jails, detention centres and hostels.

Through candid interviews, hidden camera footage and in the words of asylum seekers themselves, the story of the ‘refugee’ is told. What pushes people to leave their homes? What do they leave behind? What do they fear? Why did they choose this path? And what does it take to turn someone into a ‘boat person’?

Meet the human faces behind one of the most controversial issues of our time.

Director David Schmidt
Producer David Schmidt, Jessie Taylor, Chris Kamen
2011
Duration 52-minutes
Rating N/A. Recommended for senior secondary students.

 

Where to Watch

 

Education Overview

The Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea education resources include:

• A copy of the full length film

• An 11 minute abridged short film version

Videos may be streamed online or downloaded and imported into schools’ media systems.

Educational Resources

Year Level Senior secondary
Subjects English, History, Geography, Civics & Citizenship, Health & Physical Education, Languages
Topics Youth, Refugees & asylum seekers, Cultural relations, Human Rights, Politics, Law

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’s education resources