VICE Talks ‘Chasing Asylum’ with Filmmaker Eva Orner

A day after learning a 23-year-old woman had set herself on fire on Nauru, we spoke to Academy Award–winning documentarian Eva Orner about her latest film on Australia's deadly offshore detention policy.
May 5, 2016, 12:00am

Eva Orner is an Academy Award–winning documentary producer and director who has worked largely in the US for the past ten years. Her latest film, Chasing Asylum, brought Eva back home to Australia, where she turned her lens on the country's controversial offshore detention centers on Manus Island and Nauru.

The Australian government is notoriously secretive about these camps. For the first time, Chasing Asylum takes the Australian public inside with secretly filmed footage, smuggled out by an anonymous source. We see squalid conditions, riots, and security guards who joke about shooting detainees.

Chasing Asylum is an undeniably political film. Orner said her intention was to shame the Australian public and, in an election year, make them face up to what their tax dollars are funding.

For more information visit the film's website.