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Letters To Ali (DVD)

Letters To Ali

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Synopsis
Clara Law's LETTERS TO ALI is at once a personal, a humanistic and a political film that echoes Australia’s... more »
Rating
M
Release
16/03/05
Genres
Documentary
Format
DVD-Video

$14.97

Description


Clara Law's LETTERS TO ALI is at once a personal, a humanistic and a political film that echoes Australia’s growing public concern over the treatment of refugees, especially children, in Australian detention centres.

The documentary chronicles one exceptional ‘average’ Australian family the Kerbi/Silbersteins, who decide to help on a small level by writing to Ali - a 15 year-old Afghan boy detained at Port Hedland and unaccompanied by any relatives. This letter would prove to be the catalyst for a three-year on-going battle with Australian authorities to get Ali, then a minor, out of detention.

Hong Kong-born/Melbourne-based Clara Law and her husband, filmmaker Eddie Fong, felt a similar urge to contribute to the debate after noticing a newspaper story about Ali written by Trish Kerbi in September 2002. Clara, who is well-known as a feature filmmaker (Floating Life, Autumn Moon, The Goddess Of 1967), and Eddie contacted Trish and they decided to make a film about Ali’s case.

Clara and Eddie’s personal journey parallels that of Trish and her family as they all travel from Victoria across Australia to Port Hedland in Western Australia to visit Ali, and take up his case for a visa.

Special Features

  • Q&A At Miff With Clara Law, Eddie Fong, Julian Burnside (qc, Refugee Rights Advocate), Ian Macphee (minister For Immigration And Ethnic Affairs 1979-82) And James Hewison
  • Additional Scenes And Extended Interviews
  • The Newspaper Article That Inspired The Film
  • Where Is Ali? An Update On Where Ali Is Currently
  • Resource Web Links
  • Theatrical Trailer

Distributor
Madman
Year of Release
2004
Country of Origin
Australia
Run Time (minutes)
106
Language
English
Audio Format
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Aspect Ratio
16:9 Enhanced
Transfer Aspect Ratio
Widescreen
First Released
2005-06-01
Disc Packaging
Box set
Number of Discs
1
DVD Region
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
Video Format
PAL

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