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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…
The Migrant Experience: Setting Out
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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…
The Migrant Experience: Of Dreams and Reasons
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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: First Encounters
Part of the Series: The Migrant Experience
This program looks at how immigrants have been received upon their arrival in Australia. It explores the expectations, fears and challenges of these new immigrants in first meetings between new and old settlers as well as the migrants' desire to play a bigger part in what was fast becoming a…
The Migrant Experience: Something Old Something New
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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…
The Migrant Experience: Are You Fair Dinkum?
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Is there such a thing as an Australian identity? This program explores the notion of an Australian way of life, how it may have been shaped by migration and the response of migrants to it. It looks at how attitudes to cultural diversity have changed and explores the part language…
Welcome to Woomera
In recent years, Woomera has been synonymous with what the Australian government called its "immigration reception and processing centre". Once heralded as a model of suburban living, this historic town was reviled as a "desert jail". But the detention centre has closed and the town is in danger of closing…
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…
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…
Community Cop
On one of the toughest beats in town, a cop lays down his gun and takes on a new style of policing. Community Cop follows Constable Andrew 'AJ' Allen working with the young African refugee community in the Flemington high-rise estate in inner city Melbourne. The estate is home to…
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…
Hope - Survivial and the Search for a Better Life in Australia
Four hundred asylum seekers were pitched into the sea when their people-smuggling boat from Indonesia sank on its way to Australia in 2001. Three hundred and fifty three people drowned. Only seven survivors made it to Australia. Amal Basry was one of those survivors, spending 22 hours in the ocean…