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Chauka, Please Tell Us The Time
Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time is a documentary film co-directed by Kurdish-Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani and Netherlands-based Iranian filmmaker Arash Kamali Sarvestani released in 2017. It was shot by Boochani from inside the Manus Island detention centre. The whole film was shot over six months on a smartphone, which had to be kept secret from the prison authorities.
A chauka is a tiny bird native to Manus Island and is also the name of the high-security prison within the camp. The chauka is a symbol of the island and allows locals to tell the time from the chauka's regular singing.
The project team used details from the film to create the virtual reconstruction of the site which no longer exists.