Stop the Boats tells the story of how Australia used a three word slogan to demonise people seeking asylum after fleeing war and persecution, condemning them to indefinite offshore detention and torture in prison camps on Manus and Nauru.
The stories are told by asylum seekers including children from within detention centres, secretly filmed on mobile phones and smuggled out from Nauru and Manus Island on USBs, few shots at a time. This is set against interviews with whistle-blower detention centre workers. The harrowing stories of the child abuse and criminal neglect are exposed through this film. Featured in the film is Behrouz Boochani, the Kurdish journalist and writer who has been in detention in Manus for nearly 6 years now.