Develop a better understanding of the asylum seekers who now call Australia home, as refugees discuss their new lives Down Under.
Two Tamil children living in a slum go on a quest to find ... pizza, in a vivid portrayal of hope and resourcefulness amid poverty.
Many in the West practice body modification to some degree, whether it's ear-piercing or breast implants. When people go to extremes with body modification, they provoke fear and disbelief. Take, for example, the world's most pierced woman, Elaine Davidson, with her 8000 plus piercings; Mary Jose Cristerna, with horn implants, pointed teeth, and body tattoos; pumped up female body builders, worshipped by some men for their strength and physique; and Japan's adventurous bagel heads, having saline injected into their foreheads for a temporary mutant thrill.
Follows a year in the life of nine-year-old Janibek, who lives with his family in Mongolia's Altai Mountains.
Many cultures around the world believe evil can manifest in demonic spirits that enter a person's body. For some who believe, the only solution is an exorcism. In Phoenix, Arizona, a battle for the souls of those said to be possessed is being waged, not by priests, but by five teenage girls. In the Potosi silver mines of Bolivia, miners believe the best way to survive the extreme working conditions is to cut a deal with the devil. In Colombia, a man's life is crumbling away. Believing he is tortured by demons, he feels he has only two options: suicide or an exorcism. But this exorcism isn't sanctioned by the church. It's a bizarre and elaborate ritual that has to be seen to be believed. In Florida, an ex-sex worker and drug addict has become the leader of an evangelical ministry that promises salvation through deliverance from demonic possession.
During a visit to Los Angeles, James contrasts the lifestyles of Beverly Hills, Sunset Strip and Venice Beach. Also: interviews with Dudley Moore and Kirstie Alley; and visits with a personal fitness trainer, a plastic surgeon and a hairpiece designer.
When Travis swiped right on Tinder, he found himself in a fast-moving relationship with Rabia, a Pakistani-Australian. To continue the relationship, Travis converted to Islam and agreed to marry Rabia immediately. Rabia faces ongoing struggles within her Pakistani community, particularly with her devout mother, Nadia. Nadia thinks Travis has converted purely for the sake of marriage, and fears a backlash from the gossip-mongers in her Melbourne community. Meanwhile, Indigenous Wiradjuri woman Jessa plunges into Maori culture. Her wedding to important Maori leader, Areti, will be heavy on protocol, with Indigenous elders, politicians and even royalty on the guest list. Jessa's greatest challenge will be performing an ancient Maori song called a Waiata at the wedding reception. She's under pressure to get it right, or risk causing offence.
Sri Lankan Hindu Lalith has gone against his parents' wishes for an arranged marriage and chosen Chinese Australian, Louise. His parents refuse to speak to her and they won't be attending the wedding. Lalith has a tough job on his hands trying to persuade his parents to acknowledge his bride-to-be before the big day. Childhood sweethearts Derian and Jye are planning an extravagant, three day, 500-guest affair. Derian is a Muslim Gypsy and has agreed to adopt many wedding traditions to keep her family happy. Derian's father, Izzy, has instructed easy-going Maltese-Aussie Jye that his daughter must be a virgin until she's married. Izzy will find out whether Jye and Derian have kept their promise on the wedding night, when the sheets will be inspected for blood. If she is, they'll celebrate with an ancient blood ceremony called a Blaga Rikija. If not, he will disown his daughter.
Explore the chaotic and colourful road to intercultural weddings. Six couples try to straddle the gulf between cultures and the gap between their parents' expectations and their own dreams. Armenian Christian bride Nancy is marrying Indian Hindu groom Ashu in a Christian wedding in the Armenian Church. Nancy's family has struggled to accept the union, so much so that Nancy and her mother didn't speak to each other for 18 months. Now the families are trying to come together in time for the wedding day. While in Adelaide, skip truck driver Mark is marrying sustainability expert Mabui in a ceremony in Kenya. Mark has only travelled overseas once before to Hawaii. He's in for a culture shock in Nairobi when the first task is to negotiate a goat dowry for his bride.
They are a happily married couple. Yet, all is not what it seems. When they met and fell in love, Ashley was a man, and Tony was a woman. Chris Tina Bruce calls herself a hybrid, neither male nor female. Call her Gender X or Gender Fuzzy, she is part of a gender revolution. He's athletic, masculine, and would give most male models a run for their money. Balian Buschbaum is all man, except for one thing: he used to be a woman.
Michael's journey ends in Shepparton, a city with four mosques, thirty different nationalities, and an Islamic history that stretches back over a century. He chats to Dinny Adem, the son of an Albanian Muslim migrant who went on to become Mayor of Shepparton.
Death comes inevitably to us all. How societies celebrate their loved ones' passing varies dramatically from place to place. In Gurgaon, India, an 82-year-old nun voluntarily fasts to the death in a religious ritual, attended by her children. A Taiwanese man honours his dead father with exotic dancers gyrating at the graveside. An octogenarian in San Francisco lives with death every day among his vast collections of skeletal remains. In Stockton, Alabama, a widow remembers her husband with a patriotic gun salute using bullets loaded with his ashes.
In Wollongong, New South Wales, Michael unearths the Serbian history of a steel city. Generations of migrants from the former Yugoslavia have made a home in this picturesque seaside destination. From steel working priests to Balkans war survivors, this is a community constantly striving to balance its complicated cultural history with their Australian future.
The teacher is a little flustered and lacks confidence reading the dreaming story to Dujuan and his classmates. How could she improve in her delivery of this story? How could the students be more engaged during this story telling?
Michael visits the 100-year-old Greek community in Darwin, a group wiped out by economic ruin and devastating natural disasters in their home towns. He looks at how they rebuilt and became stronger in a new city that soon formed a part of their identity.
Walk to school with 12 year old Rebekka who lives on a farm in the Swiss countryside. Rebekka is visually impaired but is able to walk to school on her own and lead an independent life. Learn what life is like for Rebekka as she navigates the world with only 20 percent vision.
Walk to school in Tokyo with 11 year old Yamabuki and find out what life is like for a schoolboy in Japan. Hear about his experience during the 2011 earthquake, his worries and hopes for the future.
Michael starts his journey in Brisbane, home to one of the largest Vietnamese communities in the country, some surviving the trauma of the Vietnam War to thrive in the city's south-western suburbs. Their exodus from Vietnam may have coined the term 'boat people', but more than 40 years later, they've reclaimed it as a reminder of their strength, resilience, and gratitude to a country that took them in when they had nowhere else to go.
Sally Sara catches up with photographer Devin Allen whose images of Baltimore riots ended up in Time Magazine in 2015 when protestors took to the streets after the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police. How can visual images such as photographs highlight issues and inequality in the world? How has mobile phone technology and social media communication technology changed over the years from 2015 to 2020?
On the final leg of her journey, Miriam hitches a ride to one of the most isolated parts of the country, the Gulf of Carpentaria, to see where the wealth of the Lucky Country comes from.
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