According to the representative of the film company Sara-Jean Cunningham, the aim of the movie – is to save lives.
The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship has ordered production of a movie which must slacken the desire of potential migrants from Afghanistan to move to the Green Continent, The Guardian writes. In 2015 the number of immigrants from Afghanistan took the second place among asylum seekers behind the migrants from Syria. On the last Friday, March 25, the film was broadcasted on two channels of the local Afghan television.
The Journey – is a professionally made film telling about tragic fate of the asylum seekers who went on a venturous journey across the Indian Ocean. It must prove to viewer that an attempt to move to Australia is associated with unnecessary risk. It is reported that six million Australian dollars (about four million euros) from the state budget have been spent for production of the movie. As it is noted by The Guardian, comments of Afghans who watched the movie evidence of the creators of the film have achieved the set goal. The 18-year-old tailor Ali Reza said that it was hard to him to watch the movie - he was very upset with it. "I understand that it is only actors, but all this is happening with Afghans in fact" - he said. "It's a good movie – it shows how smugglers cheat passengers," – 23-year-old Mostafa Ebadi thinks. Mohammad Tawab has been impressed mostly by the shots of the Indonesian prison, where the refugees are languishing. A young man, Yama Taheri, has been touched mostly by the scene where three brothers drowned. "I thought that, if I try to go with friends, we would experience the same," - he explained. For many years prior to the conflict in Syria the majority of refugees trying to reach Australia by sea had been Afghans. Almost everyone who managed to get alive has received asylum in Australia - the refugee status recognized for 96-100% of Afghans who have applied for it since 2009. Recently, however, popularity of this trend among Afghan migrants is gradually reduced with tightening of the immigration legislation. The vast majority of Afghans rushed to Europe - in 2015 only Germany received 150 thousand inhabitants of Afghanistan.
Lapis Communications, which has adapted the film for Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Pakistan, denies that it is engaged in the government propaganda. According to the company’s representative Sarah-Jean Cunningham, the customers of the movie are explicitly listed in the credits, and the movie task is to save lives.