HISTORY

Against the Tide

Over the last 25 years more than 20,000 migrants have died in the Mediterranean in their attempt to reach Europe. Boats have gone adrift and sank under the eyes of coast guard ships, surveillance patrols and sometimes military buildings. In July 2012, a Euro-African activist coalition called “Boats 4 People” chartered a boat in order to monitor the border and denounce those responsible for this situation. Activists, lawyers and journalists were on board to sail the migration route the opposite way it is usually crossed by boat-people. This documentary shows the extraordinary action taken by activists from Africa and Europe – raising awareness, mobilizing public opinion and continuing the struggle for the rights of boat-people.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2014

Episode: 1 of 1


 

A Tale of Two Cities – Tiananmen Square – Episode 2

Beneath the surface of these cities, how do people live and work? What are the differences, what are the similarities, what are the stories? A worker at an iron-smelting factory in Beijing; a winemaker on the outskirts of Canberra; a Hansard reporter for Australia’s Parliament; weddings, farmers’ markets, and school playgrounds. Two photographers, changing places, viewing each other’s cities through the eyes of an artist — each seeing, beneath contrasting surfaces, the same inner hopes, fears and dreams. Citizens of sister cities, citizens of the world.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2014

Episode: 2 of 2


 

A Tale of Two Cities – Tiananmen Square – Episode 1

We become acquainted with the life and history of these two sister cities. One is ancient, with thousands of years of tradition, home to more than 20 million people; Beijing, Capital of the People’s Republic of China. One is barely one hundred years old, a planned city, home to less than half a million people, Canberra, the capital of Australia.

In this episode we visit national icons like Tiananmen Square, as well as national parkland on the outskirts of Canberra and the gardens and lakes of Beijing. We meet rural fire fighters and Chinese Opera performers, crosstalk artists and folk musicians—citizens of sister cities, citizens of the world.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2014

Episode: 1 of 2


 

88

As Australia commemorated the Bicentennial of the First Fleet on 26th January 1988, this historical event triggered the largest gathering of Indigenous people the country has ever seen. Aboriginal people travelled from all over Australia to take part in the March for Freedom, Hope and Justice. The protest instigated mass public debate about the concept of Australian history and the events of this day subsequently changed white and black Australia forever.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2014

Episode: 1 of 1


 

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