Family gathering explaining route from Vietnam, their loss during the voyage and the encounter with pirates
Closing comment about being optimistic
Tonight's episode features Anh Do, a stand-up comedian and brother Khoa, a filmmaker. They left Vietnam as refugees on a small fishing boat when Anh was three years old and Khoa was less than two. After a dramatic and dangerous journey, the family ended up in Sydney's western suburbs, where the Do boys grew up.
He was a white teacher in the PNG Highlands; she, the student he couldn't get out of his head. They were the first mixed race couple to walk down the street in Port Moresby holding hands. Their story is a fascinating exploration of enduring love.
For decades, science has declared human nature ruthlessly selfish. Competitiveness and self-interest have come to define us. But could human nature be as good as it is bad? And could new science reveal the true nature of humankind?
Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is waking up the world to the impact of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef. This summer has seen unprecedented high ocean temperatures across the region; a strong indicator of another coral bleaching event. If we don't act to drastically lower carbon emissions, Ove believes that the world's largest coral reef system will die within 50 years. Fifteen years ago, Ove was one of the first scientists to raise the alarm about the impact of climate change on marine ecosystems. He describes coral reefs as 'the canary in the coal mine' for our environment. Despite winning the prestigious Eureka Prize for Scientific Research (1999), Ove was ostracised by the Howard government and dismissed by sceptics for his perceived alarmist views. Ove says that he is not alarmist but states "What I'm saying is alarming, that's the difference". Since then his international reputation has grown and Ove is now a senior member of local and global research organisations; his work informed Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth and he's worked with Sir David Attenborough. In Australian Story, Ove reflects on formative boyhood experiences snorkelling in the Whitsundays and how his passion for the ocean and its creatures inspired him personally and professionally, especially when he felt like a lone voice in the wilderness. Today Ove's personal campaign to win over climate change sceptics is bearing fruit. He's converted a number of vocal sceptics including politicians and business leaders. He also collaborates with mining giant Rio Tinto. Ove believes that we are in a 'do or die situation.' He is now calling for world leaders to unite and create a well resourced think tank to tackle climate change, in the style of the WWII Allies' 'Manhattan Project', an organisation that fast-tracked atomic weapons research by years. PRODUCTION DETAILS: Producer: Claire Forster (Acting) Executive Producer: Rebecca Latham
Polar explorer Ranulph Fiennes lost the tips of several fingers due to the frostbite he received on his last Arctic expedition. Now, returning to the sea ice for the first time, he is determined to give his two colleagues a real taste of the hardships involved in Arctic travel.
In April 2006, the Royal Hospital Chelsea opened its doors to the cameras for the first time for this intimate portrait of the Chelsea Pensioners.
Richard Dawkins is probably one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of our time. He is the essence of scientific reason and, as this interview shows in a most fascinating way, not someone who is used to being asked questions about things other than science and religion.
Studio interview program that goes behind the 'public face' of fascinating men and women in our society. This episode features Joan Kirner.
In the final episode of the series, Pria looks at the shallowness and permissiveness of modern society, with a loss of traditional values, morals and structure. Several individuals including Petrea King, Dr David Tracey and Pastor Brian Houston discuss how Australian society has been affected by this lack of faith.
Discover the realities of open-sea sailing as Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person ever to sail single-handed, non-stop around the world, aims to give his fellow adventurers - newsman John Simpson and polar explorer Ranulph Fiennes - a taste of his world as a professional sailor. They attempt to sail on a voyage around Cape Horn, the most forbidding stretch of water on the planet.
Episode three has the troupe on a non-stop itinerary in Egypt, which includes Cairo, the Nile, Abu Simbel, the temple of Sobak, Luxor, the Pyramids and a dawn trek up Mount Sinai. There are challenges at every turn, with the food, the hygiene, physical stamina, culture clashes, homesickness and dealing with each other. But the excitement and achievement of dealing with a strange new world brings joy and fulfillment. How will it change them?
Lawrence's parents always wanted him to be a doctor. He comes from a family of high achievers. Despite not being a doctor, he's happy. He is a stand -up comedian who has travelled the world, entertained people and had a good time. Maybe it's time to see what it's like though, to be the person his parents always wanted him to be.
Fourteen years after fleeing Iraq, Melbourne-based filmmaker Hadi Mahood returns to his hometown of Samawa city in southern Iraq. In the tumultuous months between the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime and the installation of a new government, he filmed the daily lives of ordinary people eking out a living. He discovers not only a city struggling to rebuild its infrastructure but a people attempting to overcome the mental sabotage of Saddam's regime as well as the recent war of liberation.
Rosalie Kunoth-Monks is a woman remarkably sure of her place in the world - but it hasn't always been that way. In 1955, the movie Jedda transported her from the Northern Territory desert into celluloid history. In fact, Rosalie's own life reads like a film script - from reluctant child-star to nun, to activist and leader.
Part two of a two-part series that follows mothers as they fall in love with their babies. Mum Sophie undergoes therapy to overcome the physical anxiety she feels when twins Gracie and Mia scream.
Peter Andrews is a farmer and horseman with passion for healing damaged Australian landscapes through a method he calls natural sequence farming. For decades it seemed no one would listen. But, increasingly scientific test results are providing persuasive evidence that the methods can work. And some very high profile supporters are throwing their weight behind Peter Andrews.
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