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Great exploration of race and cultural barriers that can be overcome through grassroots initiatives. It illustrates some of the challenges for new comers as well as for established communities and the power in networks and genuine community conversations.

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Grant

I have been following some of the political debate starting to take shape in the lead up to the next election and I felt this film touched on many of the key issues already part of the mainstream political discussion. It offered a very personal and intimate perspective of a variety of ...Read more

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