The extraordinary story of Australia’s Cocos Islanders as they fight to be
recognised as the original inhabitants of one of the remotest atolls on earth.
Around 3,000 kilometres north-west of Perth, in the little-known Australian territory of the Cocos Keeling Islands, two very different communities face each other across a shallow lagoon in the middle of the Indian Ocean. On one side, a transient mob of voluntary Aussie castaways: on the other, a tight-knit kampong of Muslim Cocos Malays who trace their island roots back several centuries.
When external forces threaten to disrupt the Cocos Islands’ unique way of life, members of the two communities reconcile their differences and recognize their shared islander identity as they journey 6,000 kilometres to Canberra to fight for their right to have a say in their own destiny.