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Ordinary People
Far right and anti-immigration politics are on the rise worldwide. In Australia, as in many other western countries, a new political force is drawing on the discontent of those who feel excluded from the promised benefits of globalisation. Rejecting the new world order and its transformation of their economies and…
Admission Impossible
Following World War Two, one of the largest mass migrations in history took place. More than five million people came to Australia, transforming it into the most multicultural country on earth. However, this was never meant to be. For much of the 20th century, successive Australian governments pursued a policy…
We Will Be Remembered For This
In 2006, a group of young people of different nationalities, backgrounds, attitudes and political views took a trip to the Baxter Detention Centre. The stories of the people they met behind the razor wire surprised, moved and challenged them. We Will Be Remembered For This documents their journey. It is…
The Migrant Experience: Of Dreams and Reasons
Part of the Series: The Migrant Experience
Why do people leave the lands where they were born? Why do some choose Australia as a new home? After World War Two, migrant numbers swelled. Europeans saw Australia as a safe refuge from turmoil, while Australia saw population-building as necessary for its own security.
The Migrant Experience
Drawing upon a rich variety of techniques - dramatised re-enactment, actuality, cinema verite, archival footage and others - the producers have been careful not to subjugate fact to entertaining fictions about our past, yet The Migrant Experience is richly entertaining. It is also controversial. It hotly debates the White Australia…
I'll Call Australia Home
Refugee families from Burma and Sudan discover the joys and challenges of their new Australian home. While the immediate horrors of war and the confinement of refugee camps are behind them, the new lives of these families are not without struggle as they negotiate the everyday realities of settling in…
The Migrant Experience: Something Old Something New
Part of the Series: The Migrant Experience
This program looks at the contrast of cultures experienced by migrant groups, in particular migrant children and the next generation who may be influenced by and caught between two very different cultures. Long-established and recent migrants describe the search for a personal balance between old traditions and the new ways…
Bridge Between Two Worlds
Bridge Between Two Worlds charts the remarkable journey of three newly arrived refugee children Filimon, Martin and Mujtaba through the last six months of an intensive English course at Highgate Primary School. Their stories, told from the children's own perspective, allow an audience unique access into their emotional world. Bridge…
Capitalist Drive
A very personal account of one family and its links across two continents and three generations, despite political divides. In Capitalist Drive, award-winning filmmaker Barbara Chobocky turns the camera on her own extended family to discover how ordinary people cope with social and personal upheaval. For 40 years, the conflict…
Crossing Midnight
Set on the border of Thailand and Eastern Burma,Crossing Midnight tells the story of a remarkable community of refugees from Burma working against incredible odds to help their own. Today, one million internally displaced persons are living in the jungles of Eastern Burma in the midst of on-going armed conflict.…
Melting Wok
Mainak Bhaumik's film provides insight into India's often-overlooked Chinese population, examining the thriving Chinatown in Kolkata, Bengal. There, skilled Chinese immigrants have historically established themselves in business - especially tanneries and shoemaking - and created a unique Indo-Chinese cuisine. Exploring the factors that make up Chinese-Indian identity, the film looks…
The Migrant Experience: Setting Out
Part of the Series: The Migrant Experience
Setting Out presents a condensed general history of migration to Australia over 200 years, surveying the chief events in Australian and world history that have influenced our migration patterns and immigration laws. Combining contemporary and historical experiences, it illustrates the complexities of migrating to a new home. Particular attention is…