Heart­felt doco

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A GUT-WRENCH­ING doc­u­men­tary will be shown at the Clink The­atre this week­end high­light­ing an im­por­tant mes­sage about ‘‘boat peo­ple’’.

Be­tween the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is a per­sonal story of a boat left to drift un­til most of its oc­cu­pants per­ished.

The 52-minute doc­u­men­tary looks at the cir­cum­stances and de­ci­sions that leads some­one to be­come a ‘‘boat per­son’’.

When she was nine years old 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 on to a smug­glers’ boat to chase 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.

Dou­glas The­atre Arts Group ad­min­is­tra­tor Claire Tier­ney said it is ‘‘a gut-wrench­ing story’’.

‘‘I ap­proached the or­gan­is­ers of the na­tional tour to get them to screen this doc­u­men­tary here,’’ she said.

‘‘Peo­ple need to un­der­stand that th­ese refugees are not leav­ing a cushy home, they are des­per­ate to get away from a hor­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion.

‘‘The film­mak­ers are among the only peo­ple to ever be al­lowed into th­ese camps to talk to the refugees.

‘‘The doc­u­men­tary has no po­lit­i­cal party align­ment, just a real con­cern to get its im­por­tant mes­sage out to all Aus­tralians.’’

The film is on a na­tional tour aim­ing to reach all edges of Aus­tralia and the Clink The­atre will be its last stop af­ter 95 screen­ings.

Start­ing at 5.30pm on Easter Sun­day, March 31, the Clink The­atre will be show­ing the film for free and the bar will be open.

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