Letters to Ali (2004)

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Released 16-Mar-2005
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The documentary chronicles one exceptional 'average' Australian family, Trish, her husband Rob and their four children, who decide to help on a small level by writing to Ali - a 15 year-old Afghan boy detained at Port Hedland and unaccompanied by any relatives. This letter would prove to be the catalyst for a three-year on-going battle with Australian authorities to get Ali, then a minor, out of detention.

Hong Kong-born/Melbourne based Clara Law and her husband, filmmaker Eddie Fong, felt a similar urge to contribute to the debate after noticing a newspaper story about Ali written by Trish Kerbi in September 2002. Clara, who is well-known as a feature filmmaker (Floating Life, Autumn Moon, The Goddess Of 1967), and Eddie contacted Trish and they decided to make a film about Ali's case.

Clara and Eddie's personal journey parallels that of Trish and her family as they all travel from Victoria across Australia to Port Hedland in Western Australia to visit Ali, and take up his case for a visa.

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Darren W
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Trish Kerbi
Clara Law
Eddie Ling-Ching Fong
Rob Silberstein
Emma Silberstein
Rian Silberstein
Hannah Silberstein
Erin Silberstein
Malcolm Fraser
Ian McPhee
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Clara Law
Paul Grabowsky
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding RSDL
Documentary 2004 104:51 (Case: 106) 576i (PAL) 1 2 3 4 5 6
Widescreen 1.78:1, 16x9 Enhanced
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Main Menu Audio, Featurette-Q & A At Melbourne International Film Festival, Additional Footage-Including Extended Interviews, Notes-Newspaper Article, Notes-Where Is Ali Now?, Web Links-Resource Weblinks, Theatrical Trailer
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