Fantome Island (2011) film screening

Medical Anthropology Film & Discussion Group

Tuesday 3 December 2019   15:30 to 17:00


Directed by Sean Gilligan, Adrian Strong

The Medical Anthropology Film & Discussion Group explores the extent to which film can complement, enrich and further the study of medical anthropology themes, topics and methods. After watching selected clips, we discuss a film’s content and approach, and interrogate its capacity to support the analysis of issues relating to illness, crisis, health and wellbeing.
This term we focus on the theme of the ‘skin’.

Fantome Island (2011)
Directed by Sean Gilligan, Adrian Strong
In 1945 seven-year old Joe was diagnosed with leprosy. He was taken from his family under police escort and transported by rail and sea over a thousand kilometres to Fantome Island where he was incarcerated for the next ten years in a community of indigenous “lepers”. Drawing on an evocative archive, this film exposes how an ideology of racism and eugenics worked to justify horrific treatment of Australia’s Indigenous communities.

EP Abraham Lecture Theatre
Green Templeton College
43 Woodstock Road

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Type: Featured, Film Screenings, Social and Societies