An ethnic group located in Myanmar, the Rohingya have been migrating across the region in significant numbers since the 1970s .They were forced to flee from their land under heavy pressure by the government. Most of the Rohingya took shelter in neighbour country Bangladesh while some of them took riskier routes to save their lives; using fishing boats they crossed seas with hardly any water or food to reach Australia.
In the last few years, before the latest crisis, thousands of Rohingya made the perilous journeys out of Myanmar to escape violence and abuses by the security forces. The community – often referred to as “Boat People” – has been described by the United Nations and others as one of the most persecuted people in the world.
Filmmaker Imran Firdaus explores the traumatic journey, the brutality suffered to stay alive and the survivor’s memories of a lost land in this observational and poetic short documentary.