Patrick Frater Asia Bureau ChiefAquarius Films has optioned the film development and production rights to Abdul Karim Hekmat’s acclaimed article “True Love in Nauru,” and aims to produce it as feature film “Paradise.”“Paradise” is the powerful true story of two men who meet and fall in love in an Australian offshore detention center.
Their relationship becomes a life-affirming source of strength as they take on institutional indifference and overcome hopelessness, finally making their way to freedom.Hekmat’s original article was published in The Monthly, an Australain political and society magazine.
Hekmat, who resides in Australia, arrived as a refugee from Afghanistan and spent five months in detention will co-write the screenplay with Roger Monk (“Walking on Water,” “Nowhere Boys,” “The Unusual Suspects”). “Paradise” will be co-directed by Rhys Graham and Phoenix Raei, an Australian actor-director of Persian descent.
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