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#NauruFilesReading, directed by Sami El-Enany, captures the unsanctioned live reading of the Nauru Files outside the Australian High Commission, in London.

#NauruFilesReading was a political action and durational performance undertaken by activists outside Australia House, London on 26th August 2016. The performance involved the reading of the Nauru Files, a database of over 2000 incident reports leaked to the Guardian Australia. A result of the ten hour oral intervention is a sound archive of documented incidents of abuse, self-harm, humiliation and squalor that is everyday life for refugees on Nauru. The duration, monotony and repetition entailed in the reading of each file echoes the normalisation of the violence and tedium endured by refugees in indefinite detention.

The film was featured on the front page of Guardian Australia.


Director, Music, Sound Design & Camera: Sami El-Enany

Editor & Camera: Asli Umut

Camera: Phillip Wood

Camera: Tristan Martin

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