Island of the Hungry Ghosts


The Loft Film Fest is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment.

Winner! Best Documentary Feature, 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

Preceded by the short film, Symphony of a Sad Sea.

Christmas Island’s famous migrating crabs, lost souls caught in limbo and political detainees intersect in lyrical, highly cinematic fashion in the award-winning documentary, Island of the Hungry Ghosts.

“A one-of-a-kind experience.  This gripping documentary is as provocative for how it is told as for the story it tells.” – Stephen Saito, The  Moveable Feast

The tiny Indian Ocean territory of Christmas Island has been a center for migrating populations for millennia – first, the distinctive Christmas Island red crabs; then, phosphate miners from Malaya in the 19th century; and most recently, people seeking asylum in Australia. It is here, at the nexus of the three, that first-time feature documentary filmmaker Gabrielle Brady locates her extraordinary film essay, an expansion of her acclaimed 2017 short, The Island. Poetic, hypnotic, and utterly distinctive, Island of the Hungry Ghosts presents a unique and moving meditation on politics, people and primeval nature. (Dir. by Gabrielle Brady, 2018, Australia, 94 mins., Not Rated).  Other festivals: Tribeca, Edinburgh, New Zealand | Arizona Premiere

Symphony of a Sad Sea
Hugo, a Mexican child and victim of violence, flees his hometown with one single dream: crossing to the United States to meet his father and leave his past behind. DIRECTED BY Carlos Morales, 2017, Mexico, Spanish with English subtitles, 12 mins.

Special thanks to our community partners, Iskashitaa Refugee NetworkDocScapesTucson Wildlife Center, & Institute of the Environment.