One of Angus McDonald’s short documentary films, MANUS, has been selected to screen at a major film festival. Details soon. Watch the 13 minute film now on Youtube by clicking below.
In 2017, McDonald created an independent film and activism project named Howling Eagle. A Youtube series of episodes and short interviews titled ‘PHILOXENIA’ explores the global refugee and asylum seeker crisis, shares human stories of people affected, and sheds light on the widely condemned offshore processing policy of the Australian Federal Government. ‘Philoxenia’ is a greek word, deeply embedded in that country’s cultural tradition meaning “extending friendship and hospitality to the stranger”. To create the series, McDonald travelled with two collaborators including Byron videographer Nolan Veheij, visiting Lebanon, Jordan and Greece, hearing the stories of refugees and local communities in areas of the world that have confronted the asylum issue on a massive scale. MANUS is one of these films and tells the stories of the men of Manus Island in their own words.
“The issue of forced migration will be one of the great global challenges of the 21st century. We all have to remember the human face of this global crisis and remain resolute in dismissing the fearful rhetoric that often surrounds the notion of refugees. Individuals and families fleeing persecution and conflict are people exactly like us. If we allow politicians to succeed in making us fearful and allowing cruel and inhumane policies to be justified, it doesn’t protect us, it only makes us weaker. Adopting compassionate positive approaches that respect and empower vulnerable people and acknowledge their humanity is deeply beneficial not only for those we are standing with, but equally for us too. Australia’s current policies are amongst the cruelest in the world and must be changed. We hope people will watch Manus and other films we’ve made to gain some new perspectives about the situation confronting those forced from home“