Monthly Archives: September 2013

Armin Miladi talks about the Iranian Film Festival

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The 3rd Iranian Film Festival is back in Australia, travelling from Brisbane to Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne.

Creative expression isn’t easy in one of the most politically volatile nations in the world, yet audiences want to hear its stories. We talk to Armin Miladi, co-director of the Iranian Film Festival, about the Iranian film industry.

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You can see the Iranian Film Festival when it comes to the Brisbane Powerhouse between October 10-13. Go to the Iranian Film Festival website for more details on how to buy tickets and where you can see it in other capital cities.

Giselle’s Vietnamese refugee parents

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35 Vietnamese refugees wait to be taken aboard the amphibious command ship USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19).  They are being rescued from a 35 foot fishing boat 350 miles northeast of Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, after spending eight days at sea. SOURCE: PH2 Phil Eggman

35 Vietnamese refugees wait to be taken aboard the amphibious command ship USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19). They are being rescued from a 35 foot fishing boat 350 miles northeast of Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, after spending eight days at sea. SOURCE: PH2 Phil Eggman

Before the Federal Election, ex-PM Kevin Rudd proposed the PNG solution for asylum seekers. This move prompted Giselle Nguyen from Melbourne to voice her opinions in The Age newspaper.

Giselle’s parents and family are refugees who fled Vietnam in 1980 after the Communist takeover following the war. She tells us about how her parents were welcomed to Australia and their involvement in the Vietnamese-Australian community.

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Korean-Australian adoptees return to Korea and meet birth family

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The two token Aussies on GOAL's First Trip Home for Korean adoptees: Ellie and Carly from Brisbane

The two token Aussies on GOAL’s First Trip Home for Korean adoptees: Ellie and Carly from Brisbane

Two Korean adoptees from Brisbane, Carly and Where are you From? producer Ellie, recently embarked on a two-week trip to South Korea with the Global Overseas Adoptees Link as part of the First Trip Home program.

As well as eating and sightseeing, part of the trip was to help adoptees search for birth family.

Carly and Ellie successfully searched and found their families. Craving Korean food after returning home, the two adoptees met up at a Korean restaurant in West End to talk about going to Korea for the first time since birth and meeting family.

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You can read about Ellie’s version of the trip and meeting her family at the blog Rok ‘n Roll Radio.

Chris – a Roma Gypsy-Australian adoptee

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Chris always thought he was a typical Anglo-Australian boy, until he was 21 and received a letter from a woman claiming to be his biological sister.

Not only did Chris find out he was adopted, but he discovered that he descended from Roma Gypsies. Believed to be originating from Northern India, gypsies are nomadic and do not settle in one place. They are an ethnic minority who face racial discrimination in Europe ranging from slavery to genocide.

Chris shares with us about reuniting with his family and learning about where they were from.

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Dan Machuca

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How do you react when you hear the phrase “I’m not racist, but…” ? Dan Machuca, a Melbourne-based blogger and son of Chilean migrants, is on board with The Two Chairs project we featured earlier this year as editor-in-chief. He recently wrote an article on how the phrase “I’m not racist, but…” is used and what it means.

We also get an update on how The Two Chairs project is going and why founder Suzanne Nguyen is doing a victory dance.

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Read Dan’s blog Melbtown

Lisa Hilli talks about ‘Pearl’

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Pearl co-creative director Lisa Hilli

Pearl co-creative director Lisa Hilli

Pearl is the story of a Pacific Islander girl’s struggle living in Australia and recently finished screening at the Colourfest Film Festival in Australia. The story was created by young Pacific Islanders based on their experiences.

Pearl just finished touring Australia as part of the Colourfest Film Festival.

Filmmaker Lisa Hilli talks to us about the film and what it’s like being a Pacific Islander in Australia.

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You can watch the trailer for Pearl and purchase the film on DVD on the Youthworx website.

EVOKE Dance and Theatre can do the can-can

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EVOKE founders Angelique and Christopher

EVOKE founders Angelique and Christopher

After the voting, sausage sizzles and bake sales wrap up on Saturday, you can catch a dazzling French can-can performance at Musgrave Park in West End. The Big Bambusa, a bamboo tent venue set up for the Brisbane Fringe Festival, will be transformed into Moulin Rouge-era France.

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The Can Can Cabaret comes to us courtesy of the Evoke Dance and Theatre Company, who specialise in dance and performances inspired by cultures around the world. We talk to Angelique and Christopher about bringing international performances to Australian stages.


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