In 2009, Jessie Taylor, human rights lawyer and refugee advocate, travelled to Indonesia in order to understand what makes asylum seekers undertake the perilous journey to Australia by boat. The result of that visit is a groundbreaking documentary, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. The documentary provides the first real insight into everyday life behind the bars of Indonesia’s detention centres.
Nadia Sablin is a photographer who was born in the Soviet Union and raised in the American Midwest. She now divides her time between Brooklyn and St Petersburg. Much of Nadia’s work focuses on her homeland, her lens turned toward people living on the fringes of society in Russia and Ukraine.
Joshua Santospirito is an artist, musician, and psychiatric nurse. His most recent work, a graphic novel entitled, "The Long Weekend In Alice Springs", was inspired by an essay of the same name, which he read whilst working in Alice Springs. Josh spoke to us from his home in Tasmania about what it was like working in Aboriginal communities, well-intentioned white people, and his encounter with "the worst Australia has to offer”.
Maya Goded is a Mexican photographer well-known for her intimate photographs of marginalised individuals and communities in Mexico. Maya focuses on the female experience of those we’d rather not look too long at: prostitutes, witches, mothers whose daughters have been abducted. Six months after first seeing Maya’s work, I was lucky enough to meet the incredible woman behind the lens.
Daniel lives in a bus parked on a small patch of green in an inner-city Melbourne suburb. Sitting inside by the stove, sipping rooibos tea, we listened to Daniel speak melodically about alternative living, salvaging things, and getting along with one another.
It was two years ago when Birte Kaufmann, a German social worker and photographer, first saw an Irish Traveller camp whilst on her way to a festival in Ireland. Intrigued, Birte’s desire to know more about the Traveller way of life would not be appeased until she was living alongside a Traveller family in an old Volkswagen camper van.
Radioactivists is a documentary that explores the culture of protest that has emerged following Japan’s earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster. Modern Japanese aren't known for their political dissent, yet the filmmakers believe that the current anti-nuclear movement is only the beginning of a burgeoning culture of social activism in Japan.