Farah Farouque; 6/6/09
Sometimes big stories are best told through the struggles of individuals. So when filmmaker Robyn Hughan was looking for a way to illuminate the contested issues surrounding refugees and detention in Australia, she found her subject in Carmel Wauchope. Now, by no account can this silver-haired Benedictine nun be regarded as ordinary. She’d taken a path rarely embraced even among women of her generation. Yet her ability to connect with ordinary people thrust into an extraordinarily fraught situation was something no documentary maker could resist. So Hughan decided to tell that big public policy story through a single nun’s struggle with the system. “There were so many people fighting against detention policies, but what struck me was her ability to connect on the human level,” the filmmaker says.