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.