Science on Screen


Directed by Gabrielle Brady

Germany, UK, Australia, DCP, English, Persian, French, Mandarin with English Subtitles

Science on Screen

There are no current or future screenings planned for this film.

Join us for a special discussion after the film with Misha Matz, Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at UT, and Jinji Willingham, psychotherapist.

On an isolated island in the Indian Ocean, land crabs migrate in their millions from the jungle to the sea. The same jungle hides a high-security Australian detention center where thousands of asylum seekers have been locked away indefinitely. Their only connection to the outside world is trauma counselor Poh Lin Lee.

ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS is a hybrid documentary that moves between the natural migration and the chaotic and tragic migration of the humans, which is in constant metamorphoses by the unseen decision-making structures.


Science on Screen® is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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