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Secrets of China
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Secrets of China: Fit In Or Fail

Season 1  |  Episode 1  |  ABC2  |  January 27, 2016
Billie JD Porter reveals what it's really like to grow up in China, where respect for state and elders is being drilled into the next generation. If you don't fit in, you are ...

Billie JD Porter reveals what it's really like to grow up in China, where respect for state and elders is being drilled into the next generation. If you don't fit in, you are often seen as a failure.

Secrets of China
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Secrets of China: Desperate For Love

Season 1  |  Episode 2  |  ABC2  |  February 3, 2016
Billie JD Porter plunges into the competitive world of Chinese love - where marriage markets, dating bootcamps and even plastic surgery are used to increase marriage potential.

Billie JD Porter plunges into the competitive world of Chinese love - where marriage markets, dating bootcamps and even plastic surgery are used to increase marriage potential.

Secrets of China
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Secrets of China: How To Get Rich

Season 1  |  Episode 3  |  ABC2  |  February 10, 2016
Billie JD Porter explores how China's recent boom is changing people's lives fast. In bustling Guangzhou, she meets struggling migrant workers from the countryside and some ...

Billie JD Porter explores how China's recent boom is changing people's lives fast. In bustling Guangzhou, she meets struggling migrant workers from the countryside and some super-rich supercar owners.

Trails From The East
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Trails From The East: Myanmar And Bangladesh

Season 1  |  Episode 5  |  SBS2  |  October 20, 2011
Tonight's episode chronicles the journey from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) to Benapole, the border between Bangladesh and India. Outside of the train there are interviews with ...

Tonight's episode chronicles the journey from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) to Benapole, the border between Bangladesh and India. Outside of the train there are interviews with Burmese political refugees. The trip ends in Bangladesh, a country that has endured famines, natural disasters and widespread poverty.

Trails From The East
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Trails From The East : Cambodia - Country Of Scars

Season 1  |  Episode 2  |  SBS2  |  September 29, 2011
This episode follows a train journey through Cambodia. It was not that long ago that Cambodia lost a quarter of its citizens under the Pol Pot regime. During this period the ...

This episode follows a train journey through Cambodia. It was not that long ago that Cambodia lost a quarter of its citizens under the Pol Pot regime. During this period the railways became dilapidated due to neglect and conflict, but now there is a daily connection between the capital and the Thai border. Along the way, passengers talk about daily survival and the difficult task of coming to terms with the past.

Trails From The East
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Trails From The East: The Balkans - Europe's Blind Spot

Season 1  |  Episode 13  |  SBS2  |  December 15, 2011
Tonight's train journey travels from Istanbul, through Sofia, Zagreb, and Munich back to Amsterdam. On board the train, passengers talk about migration and a united Europe. ...

Tonight's train journey travels from Istanbul, through Sofia, Zagreb, and Munich back to Amsterdam. On board the train, passengers talk about migration and a united Europe. The European dream is alive everywhere. At the same time there is insecurity about joining the EU and the price one will have to pay.

Trails From The East
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Trails From The East: Indian Paradox In The 21st Century (Part 1)

Season 1  |  Episode 6  |  SBS2  |  October 27, 2011
Tonight's train journey takes us from the border of Bangladesh south through India. India is a fast-changing society, which is trying to maintain its identity. One young ...

Tonight's train journey takes us from the border of Bangladesh south through India. India is a fast-changing society, which is trying to maintain its identity. One young traveller talks about his dream to become the manager of an multinational IT firm. Not an unrealistic dream in India, which has become an IT superpower in the past 10 years. India is competing with the world, but at the same time, everyone has strong ties with century old traditions.

Japan In Ruins
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Japan In Ruins

Episode 1  |  SBS2  |  November 5, 2009
This two-part documentary series looks at how it is only recently that the Japanese themselves have begun to show a desire to know and understand the pre-war to post-war ...

This two-part documentary series looks at how it is only recently that the Japanese themselves have begun to show a desire to know and understand the pre-war to post-war period. Director Serge Viallet recounts such events as the invasion of China in 1931, the Pacific War from 1942, the conditions of surrender in 1945, followed by the forced reconstruction at under the authority of the victorious Americans.

Japan In Ruins
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Japan In Ruins

Episode 2  |  SBS2  |  November 12, 2009
Looks at how it is only recently that the Japanese themselves have begun to show a desire to know and understand this pre-war to post-war period. The Japanese began to ask ...

Looks at how it is only recently that the Japanese themselves have begun to show a desire to know and understand this pre-war to post-war period. The Japanese began to ask themselves many questions concerning issues like foreign occupation, individual and collective silences surrounding the 15 years of conflict. There was a slow and progressive repatriation of 6.5 million civilians and military dispersed over the former occupied territories, amidst devastation of most cities.

Trails From The East
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Trails From The East : Thailand - The City Calls

Season 1  |  Episode 3  |  SBS2  |  October 6, 2011
In Thailand everyone seems to be on the train as the city calls. The passengers have stories about the pain of leaving the village and children, and hope for a better future. ...

In Thailand everyone seems to be on the train as the city calls. The passengers have stories about the pain of leaving the village and children, and hope for a better future. On the train, a Buddhist monk speaks of travellers having wings and non-travellers having tails. Outside the train there are portraits of a Jewish rabbi and a female Buddhist monk who try to stop time.

Shanghai Tales
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Shanghai Tales: War Of Growing Up

Season 1  |  Episode 1  |  SBS2  |  March 4, 2011
Portrays modern China through the lives of the people living in one of its busiest and most iconic cities. Tonight, the lives of a class of school children during their final ...

Portrays modern China through the lives of the people living in one of its busiest and most iconic cities. Tonight, the lives of a class of school children during their final year before graduating to high school. An insightful look into the Chinese education system that generates a powerful and compelling narrative formed from the dynamics of the classroom.

Trails From The East
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Trails From The East : Pakistan And Afghanistan - A Country Of Two Faces

Season 1  |  Episode 8  |  SBS2  |  November 10, 2011
Tonight’s train journey takes us on a trip through no man’s land between India and Pakistan aboard the Samjautha Express. From Lahore the train continues on to Islamabad and ...

Tonight’s train journey takes us on a trip through no man’s land between India and Pakistan aboard the Samjautha Express. From Lahore the train continues on to Islamabad and Peshawar, and from there to Kabul, Afghanistan. There the bus and train goes to Quetta, Pakistan and the trip ends in Taftan, a Pakistani border town by Iran. During the journey, passengers talk about the future directions of the two countries.

Trails From The East
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Trails From The East : Israel - Them And Us

Season 1  |  Episode 11  |  SBS2  |  December 1, 2011
Tonight's train journey takes us to Beersheva, Ashdod, Tel Aviv, then Haifa and to the far northern Nassariyah, bordering with Lebanon. No region in the world shows a clearer ...

Tonight's train journey takes us to Beersheva, Ashdod, Tel Aviv, then Haifa and to the far northern Nassariyah, bordering with Lebanon. No region in the world shows a clearer divide between 'us' and 'them' than the one existing between Israelis and Palestinians. But even here the picture is not simply black and white.

The Silk Road
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The Silk Road

Episode 3  |  SBS  |  February 19, 2017
In the final episode of his series tracing the story of the most famous trade route in history, Dr Sam Willis continues his journey west in Iran. The first BBC documentary to ...

In the final episode of his series tracing the story of the most famous trade route in history, Dr Sam Willis continues his journey west in Iran. The first BBC documentary to be granted entry for nearly a decade, Sam begins in the legendary city of Persepolis - the heart of the first Persian Empire.

Red Obsession
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Red Obsession

Masterpiece  |  July 15, 2014
Rare wine has become an unlikely and powerful status symbol in booming China. This extraordinary documentary narrated by Russell Crowe reveals the unprecedented demand for ...

Rare wine has become an unlikely and powerful status symbol in booming China. This extraordinary documentary narrated by Russell Crowe reveals the unprecedented demand for fine French reds and the struggle to accommodate the voracious appetite for their rare, expensive wines from the great chateaux of Bordeaux by China's billionaire collectors.

Trails From The East
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Trails From The East: Syria And Jordan - The Great Enemy

Season 1  |  Episode 10  |  SBS2  |  November 24, 2011
Tonight's train journey takes us on a trip from the Iraqi-Syrian border to Aleppo, Syria. From there the train continues to Damascus and Amman in Jordan, and then to Aqaba. ...

Tonight's train journey takes us on a trip from the Iraqi-Syrian border to Aleppo, Syria. From there the train continues to Damascus and Amman in Jordan, and then to Aqaba. Along the way, travellers talk about their relationship with their enemies, Israel and America. Away from the train, Rana Husseini, a Jordanian journalist, who questions honour killings in her country, finds herself accused of being pro-American.

Indonesia: A Reporter's Journey
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Indonesia: A Reporter's Journey: At All Costs

Season 1  |  Episode 3  |  SBS  |  March 29, 2010
Tonight's episode covers the tumultuous post-Suharto years of terrorism, tsunamis, and the smuggling of drugs and people when it became clear to Australia that it had no ...

Tonight's episode covers the tumultuous post-Suharto years of terrorism, tsunamis, and the smuggling of drugs and people when it became clear to Australia that it had no choice but to commit to the relationship -our mutual security being inextricably linked.

Indonesia: A Reporter's Journey
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Indonesia: A Reporter's Journey: Most Unlikely Partners

Season 1  |  Episode 2  |  SBS  |  March 22, 2010
Tonight's episode covers the 30 years of Suharto rule when Australia embraced the 'strong man of Asia' despite the twin concerns of his track record of human rights abuses and ...

Tonight's episode covers the 30 years of Suharto rule when Australia embraced the 'strong man of Asia' despite the twin concerns of his track record of human rights abuses and his family's corruption. Huge numbers of Australians also embraced Bali. Regional stability was the overall mantra, and General Suharto provided it.

In My Shoes
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In My Shoes

ABC2  |  February 1, 2015
In My Shoes explores what it's like growing up transgender, intimately told through the eyes of five young Australians.

In My Shoes explores what it's like growing up transgender, intimately told through the eyes of five young Australians.

Exploring China
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Exploring China: A Culinary Adventure

Season 1  |  Episode 1  |  SBS  |  January 10, 2013
Ken Hom, the godfather of Chinese cuisine, and Ching-He Huang, leading chef of the contemporary generation, together undertake an epic 4,500-kilometre culinary adventure ...

Ken Hom, the godfather of Chinese cuisine, and Ching-He Huang, leading chef of the contemporary generation, together undertake an epic 4,500-kilometre culinary adventure across China - not only to reveal its food, but its people, history, culture and soul. They begin in Beijing, the imperial capital for 800 years. I

China: Triumph And Turmoil
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China: Triumph And Turmoil: Emperors

Season 1  |  Episode 1  |  SBS  |  August 1, 2012
In this revealing three-part series, Historian Niall Ferguson examines China's ascendancy into a global superpower, and asks what the future holds for the world's most ...

In this revealing three-part series, Historian Niall Ferguson examines China's ascendancy into a global superpower, and asks what the future holds for the world's most populous country and its relationship with the rest of the world.

China: Triumph And Turmoil
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China: Triumph And Turmoil: Superpower

Season 1  |  Episode 3  |  SBS  |  August 15, 2012
In the final episode of the series, Ferguson examines the impact of China's growth on the rest of the world.

In the final episode of the series, Ferguson examines the impact of China's growth on the rest of the world.

The Burning Season
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The Burning Season

ABC2  |  April 17, 2010
As part of the Future Makers series, ABC1 presents this revolutionary documentary touted as the follow-up film to Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. Already making waves in ...

As part of the Future Makers series, ABC1 presents this revolutionary documentary touted as the follow-up film to Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. Already making waves in environmental circles, The Burning Season is a story of contribution and hope; one that offers a solution to the frightening issue of global warming. Every year, there is a burning season in Indonesia. Rainforests are cut down and burnt every hour to clear land for crops such as palm oil, making Indonesia the third largest producer of carbon emissions in the world. Indonesian palm oil farmer Achmadi confronts the impact of his deliberately lit fires on climate change: what is he to do when this is the only income he knows?

China: Triumph And Turmoil
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China: Triumph And Turmoil: Maostalgia

Season 1  |  Episode 2  |  SBS  |  August 8, 2012
Historian Niall Ferguson asks how China manages to live under a communist system of government but with a thriving capitalist economy. Mao was responsible for the deaths of ...

Historian Niall Ferguson asks how China manages to live under a communist system of government but with a thriving capitalist economy. Mao was responsible for the deaths of millions, and yet this hard-line communist is revered in China today as the founder of a modern-day capitalist superpower.

The Silk Road
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The Silk Road

Episode 1  |  SBS  |  February 5, 2017
Tracing the story of the most famous trade route in history, Dr Sam Willis starts in Venice and explores how its Renaissance architecture and art has been shaped by the east ...

Tracing the story of the most famous trade route in history, Dr Sam Willis starts in Venice and explores how its Renaissance architecture and art has been shaped by the east and by thousands of exchanges along the Silk Road, from Venice to China's ancient capital, Xian.

Exploring China
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Exploring China: A Culinary Adventure

Season 1  |  Episode 3  |  SBS  |  January 24, 2013
In this episode, Ken and Ching leave the heaving megacities far behind to embark on an intrepid journey across China's vast western frontier where few travellers dare to venture.

In this episode, Ken and Ching leave the heaving megacities far behind to embark on an intrepid journey across China's vast western frontier where few travellers dare to venture.

Gok Wan: Made In China
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Gok Wan: Made In China

SBS  |  January 31, 2014
British fashion consultant, author and television presenter Gok Wan travels to China on a mission to uncover what it means to be 'Made In China'. Gok visits factories churning ...

British fashion consultant, author and television presenter Gok Wan travels to China on a mission to uncover what it means to be 'Made In China'. Gok visits factories churning out mass produced clothing at rapid speed and we watch his amusing attempts to retrace his Chinese heritage.

Indonesia is a diverse country with over 300 ethnic groups, and home to more than 700 living languages. Find all about Indonesian food, culture, language and relationship with Australia in this playlist.
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It is important to know about different individuals that seek refuge in Australia and around the world. Watch this playlist to get an insight into the life of refugees. (ACHASSI099,ACDSEH146,VCHHK095,VCGGK124,VCHHK159).
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