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.
Who decides who is beautiful and who is not? Apparently, we all do. Standards of beauty differ across cultures, but it seems human beings may possess an innate preference for symmetrical faces. But imagine living without a face. In Texas, an electrical accident leaves Dallas Wiens' face grossly disfigured, and doctors attempt the first full facial transplant ever in the US. He has to learn to live without eyes, nose, or facial identity. In London, a modelling agency called Ugly shines a light on beauty prejudices and takes the insult out of the word.
Ellis Treleaven always believed she had been born in Amsterdam towards the end of World War II. Shocked to discover she had actually been born in a Nazi concentration camp and ghetto, she traces her mother's path through the Holocaust, to uncover the secrets surrounding her birth.
The journey to school's a very special type of life experience shared by millions of children around the world but in different ways. What happens between the two most important places in a child's life, their home and school?
A woman eats mountains of junk food but can't put on weight. A young man's body is huge on one side and skinny on the other. Their looks and behaviour seem bizarre to many, and some treat them as taboo.
Love isn't always about romance and roses. 'Baba' Dez Nichols describes himself as a sexual healer. On a secluded New Zealand island, he leads an interactive workshop, where participants are encouraged to share each other's bodies, all in the name of enlightenment. In Arkansas, piano teacher Dave is a Looner: a person who has a fetish for balloons. He's collected 65,000 of them. He's always affectionate with his beloved balloons, continually cuddling them, tucking them into his shirt and nestling up to them at night. The blockbuster hit The 40-Year-Old-Virgin wasn't completely Hollywood. On Australia's Gold Coast, Andrew Wong is a real-life 40-year-old virgin. Andrew blames his predicament on a strict, traditional upbringing, and he is tired of feeling like an outsider.
Human beings have a natural desire to pair bond, to find a mate. But not all matches are made from one mould. Fruitarians Aloma Shamanatrix and Matthew Miracles live off fruit they find in city dumpsters. Puppy play enthusiast, Liliane, takes her human puppy, Jen, aka Tyke, for a walk in the park. Freelance writer Erias walks his dog too, when his sex-worker girlfriend, Jessi, has company. In Chicago, Matt Daniel and his fiance, Casey Levan, share an unusual fetish for skin-tight body suits known as zentai.
Most people in the West share certain common perceptions about what childhood should be like. A child should be free to play, to explore, and to make mistakes, but sometimes childhood is complicated. In small town America, a teenage girl makes a decision that has irreversible consequences: she wants to become a man. In India, a young boy is destined for a trade that is both dangerous and illegal: snake charming. In Greece, the legal age for driving a car is 16, but nine-year-old Stavros Grillis has been at the wheel of high-performance race cars since he was five. Young girls are sometimes labelled little princesses, but in Nepal, some girls are worshipped as living goddesses.
The grimy, nasty filth nobody wants to be around is an everyday sight for these dirty job cleaners. In Minneapolis, a team of heavy-duty house cleaners tackle a truly filthy foreclosed house, with one of the most disgusting basements you'll ever see - the laundry is full of cat faeces, there's an appalling fridge-freezer, and a backed-up toilet that would test even the strongest stomach. In Guatemala City, a group of men and women known as trash miners spend their working days trawling through a putrid black river, searching for saleable metals. In New York, microbiologist Dwight Bowman devotes his life to ridding the world of parasites.
Throughout history, people have expressed their passions and their personalities through their collections. But some collectors' passions cross the line into obsession. In London, Viktor Wynd fills his home with eccentric arrays of objects, ranging from tiny human baby skeletons to shrunken heads. Calling them his children, Viktor is known to kiss them affectionately and converse with them. In the Philippines, Herbert Chavez is the self-proclaimed Filipino Superman, a long-time collector of Superman paraphernalia who, in the last 15 years, has undergone a series of cosmetic surgeries to resemble his superhero.
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.
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