A riveting and moving film about longing and the personal legacy of war. In 1975, when the Vietnam War was ending, seven-year-old Heidi Bub (aka Mai Thi Hiep) was one of the thousands of Amerasian chlldren brought to the US. Broadcast as part of ABC's Sunday Best.
In episode 3, journalist Joe Hildebrand takes Amer, Radhika, Gurmeet and Mahima to what the Indian media claim is the most dangerous city in Australia - Melbourne. Although many Australians think of Melbourne as our most liveable city, for Indians it's infamous for attacks on Indian students. In fact, education adviser Radhika tells students not to risk studying in Australia at all.
In episode 4, the crew looks at how Australia treats its Indigenous population and the often volatile relationship between black and white. Joe, Amer, Radhika, Gurmeet and Mahima start at the place Indigenous people first came into contact with white people, Sydney's Botany Bay. It's a good step-off point... leaving the Indians wondering what state the relationship is in after 200 years of white settlement.
In this travel show with a difference, Charley Boorman attempts to travel north from Sydney up the Pacific Rim to Tokyo, using only local forms of transport. Tonight, Charley heads up the east coast of Australia with a huge biker convoy in tow. Along the way he meets unique characters, travels in a replica Spitfire, tries his hand at cattle mustering, and even gets bitten by a snake.
On Monday, 4th September 1994, John Newman, the state MP for Cabramatta, was shot dead in the driveway of his home. The first political assassination in the history of Australia leaves the Vietnamese people of Cabramatta demonised and vilified - the community and the ideals of multiculturalism itself are in tatters.
Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta is the story of how the Vietnamese community fought back from adversity and found their place in modern Australia. Told for the first time by the community itself, this three-part series features interviews with the youth who got caught up in gang culture, politicians and police who were involved in Cabramatta's critical moments, and the ordinary people who lived through it all - from the crime and violence, the fear and racism, a heroin epidemic and the first political assassination in Australia's history.
Joe gives the Indians a crash course in what constitutes an average Aussie - are we bushies, bogans or battlers? Why do we celebrate our larrikins but hide our laureates? In episode 5, the crew aims to discover the truth behind these stereotypes. Starting off in the bush, Joe takes the Indians to the Allora Show to experience country life at its best: cakes, pumpkins, dodgem cars and rodeos.
Chinese New Year is one of the biggest events on the planet, and every year a sixth of the world's population travels home to celebrate with their families. Based in the heart of Beijing, Kate Humble, Jing Lusi and Ant Anstead offer a front-seat view of one of the most spectacular events on earth. In this episode, the trio follow the weeks leading up to New Year at the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, an extraordinary sub-zero celebration in China's far north east.
Crushed by the disappointment of not being able to get into West Papua on foot, Charley Boorman is forced to take a series of commercial flights in order to resume his journey north to Tokyo. Picking up his route in Indonesia, Charley is excited about a new country and a new adventure ahead.
Starting in the city of Kaohsiung on the south-west corner of the island of Taiwan, Charley stops at the country's largest Buddhist monastery, Fo Guang Shan. Then he heads north on board the Taiwanese high-speed rail train into the Alishan Mountains where he visits award-winning tea farmer Hsiu-Mei.
It’s 1999 and Cabramatta’s never had it so bad. Cabramatta train station is awash with junkies and dealers, many just teenagers. It’s like this everyday. Self made entrepreneurs in a local black market economy of drugs and gangland violence.
On his way from Sydney up the Pacific Rim to Tokyo, Charley Boorman arrives in Papua New Guinea. There, he goes dirt biking with a group of locals on a previously unridden and dangerous route. Aware that this country has one of the worst reputations in the southern hemisphere for hostility, Charley has to keep his wits about him.
Charley is reeling from the disappointment of having to catch a commercial flight in order to reach the Philippines. He touches down on the island of Manado and embarks on an epic journey across the Philippine Archipelago.
Finally arriving on Japanese soil, Charley heads straight for the Naha naval base to learn more about the battle of Okinawa. His great love of motorbikes continues when he visits the workshops of a custom-built bikes company.