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In 1979 Australia expanded its territorial borders by 200 nautical miles to take advantage of the rich oil and gas deposits in the Timor Sea. For Centuries before, fishermen from the island of Roti in Indonesia were fishing for their livelihood in these same waters. Today they are regularly arrested for trespassing a border they cannot see, and are sent to gaol for increasingly longer periods with no recourse to legal representation. They return home to debts many cannot foresee escaping in their own lifetime. TROUBLED WATERS investigates the human and financial costs of Australia's current border protection policies.

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Ruth Balint
Ruth Balint
Jo-anne McGowan

Production Details

Production Completion
History and national identity, Social contemporary
Production Company
Resonance Productions Pty Ltd