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Documentary Film: Border Politics: Examining the Treatment of Refugees Across the Globe (2018, 91 min.)

March 24, 2020 - May 8, 2020

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This documentary follows Australian human rights barrister Julian Burnside as he traverses the globe examining the harsh treatment of refugees by most Western democracies. This contemporary story is about the threat to human rights, the loss of democratic values and our increasingly heartless treatment of “’the other.” Burnside questions whether the West has lost its moral compass by adopting ideas that reject humanity and undermine democracy. He concludes that this erosion of human rights poses a threat to the very democratic values that define Western society.


March 24, 2020
May 8, 2020




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