A remote conversation with Behrouz Boochani about how are you today, the sounds of Manus Prison, and the problem of presence in contesting the politics of offshoring.
Behrouz Boochani graduated from Tarbiat Moallem University and Tarbiat Modares University, both in Tehran; he holds a Masters degree in political science, political geography and geopolitics. He is a Kurdish-Iranian writer, journalist, scholar, cultural advocate and filmmaker. Boochani was writer for the Kurdish language magazine Werya; is Honorary Member of PEN International; winner of an Amnesty International Australia 2017 Media Award, the Diaspora Symposium Social Justice Award, the Liberty Victoria 2018 Empty Chair Award, and the Anna Politkovskaya Award for journalism; he is non-resident Visiting Scholar at the Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre (SAPMiC), University of Sydney, adjunct associate professor in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at UNSW Sydney and Visiting Professor at Birkbeck Law School. He publishes regularly with the Guardian, and his writing also features in the Saturday Paper, Huffington Post, New Matilda, the Financial Times and the Sydney Morning Herald. Boochani is also co-director (with Arash Kamali Sarvestani) of the 2017 feature-length film Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time; collaborator on Nazanin Sahamizadeh’s play Manus; and author of No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison (Picador 2018).