A group of Australians concerned about the human rights abuses of asylum seekers in Australia's immigration detention centres travels around the country for 2 months and 12'000 kilometres to visit the people in the camps, and to expose some of the human rights violations.
'Waking up the Nation' takes you on this inspiring journey, as the strange mix of housewives, teenangers, hippies and students onboard of the colourfull 'Freedom Bus' have their run-ins with overzealous cops, racist small town locals, and burly detention centre guards. This documentary introduces you to many of the countless men, women and children inprisoned in these prison camps. Additional video footage smuggled out of some of these prisons show chilling and heartbreaking pictures, and prove that something is going on in the remoteness of the Australian deserts of which many Australians are rightly ashamed of.

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