Muslims make up less than 3 percent of the Australian population, yet dominate the news headlines and are often misunderstood. In this series, 10 Muslim Australians with vastly different views on their faith live under one roof for eight days to explore what it means to be a Muslim in modern, multicultural Australia. While the housemates are united in faith, they are divided on what it means to be a 'good Muslim'.
As Melbourne struggles with increased youth crime, one particular group have fallen under the spotlight. The so-called Apex have captured the attention of the media, the police, and the imagination of the public, but who are they? Are they a serious threat or just a bunch of kids demonised out of proportion to their activities? This documentary seeks to look beyond the media hype at a community under intense scrutiny. Working closely with the South Sudanese community, this documentary goes to the heart of what it takes to make a multicultural society and gives pause to those who have forged a view of migrant communities based on stereotypes by separating myth from reality.
In the heart of the 'lucky country' some Australian families and individuals are living on the fringes, facing the daily hardships of unemployment, drug addiction and illness; struggling just to get by. New three-part, fly on the wall observational documentary series, Struggle Street, gives a voice to those doing it tough right on the doorstep of Australia's most affluent cities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Miriam wants to know what the Australian Dream means for people around the country. So she is off on a road trip, driving a fully equipped motorhome and embarking on the adventure of a lifetime.
Miriam is leaving the home she shares with her life partner, Heather, in the Southern Highlands of NSW to travel around the country to discover what it means to be an Australian today in this eye-opening and timely series.
On Women's Week, a studio van was parked in locations across rich and poor areas of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The studio van was made available to any woman who felt like sharing her story.
A portrait of an intrepid group of leitis, or Indigenous transgender women, who are fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism and intolerance in the South Pacific kingdom of Tonga.
This final episode of the series follows the fate of Nazifa and her family as they make a final attempt to reach Germany. We meet Sadiq, who took just 45 days to travel from Afghanistan to his dream destination of Finland, but the welcome he experienced when he arrived has not sustained. Across Europe, policies have changed and deals have been struck. If Sadiq's asylum claim fails, he faces forced deportation. Across the Atlantic, the USA is no longer welcoming refugees from the Middle East. President Trump's executive orders have far reaching consequences for those who were on the verge of emigrating to join family members already in the USA.
The impact of the rise of the right reverberates across Europe. Nazifa and Latif make a potentially life-changing decision. We revisit Israa and her family from the first series, who risked their lives escaping Syria in 2015 and made the terrifying journey to Europe when borders were open and refugees welcome. They're living in a flat in Germany and Israa faces her first day at school. Meanwhile, Azizula must face his fears and attempt to cross the Hungarian border, knowing it is patrolled by armed guards who use dogs to deter and attack the refugees attempting to cut through the fence from Serbia to Hungary.
Karl's last "thing to do" is seeing Japan's most spiritual destination: Mount Fuji. On the way, Ricky and Steve put him in a capsule hotel and send him to a Sumo wrestling stable.
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