Audience: Years 5-6
Submitted by: Nada Nona
Twelve young Australians from a variety of cultural backgrounds have made a short film sharing their own stories about their family’s journey to Australia and the life they have made here since.
Faced with many of the same issues and challenges that affect multicultural youth across urban Australia, these young people have decided to use their own cultural weapons – their rhymes, rhythms and moves – to come together and take on the undercurrents of racism and fear that still move through modern Australia.
Teaching and learning ideas:
Before watching the video, brainstorm the different backgrounds in the class. Then, discuss the following in small groups:
- What are some of the reasons why people come to Australia?
- What are some of the challenges of setting up life in a new country?
- Think about these lines from the song: Tell me who you are, from where you’ve been / Tell me what it’s like and what you’ve seen.
- Discuss the situations that led to some of the young peoples’ families from the video to settle in Australia. How were they similar to/different from what your group discussed before watching the video?
- Did the challenges the young Australian faced when starting a new life in a new country match what your group discussed?
- How you would feel moving to another country? What would be the impact of not knowing the language?
- Have you ever felt some of these feelings before? If yes, describe the situation. How did you manage?
As homework, interview a family member or friend who settled in Australia. How did they feel? What challenges did they face? How did they overcome these challenges?