STIM Migration Film Series

The Social Transformation and International Migration Project Team presented a series of films dealing with migration issues in different parts of the world. Screenings were held monthly during the second semester of 2011.

18 November 2011
5 pm, Teachers College Lecture Theatre 306

  • Villawood Mums (2010, Australia)
    Saif Jari and Guido Gonzalez

A short film that explores the impact of policy changes relating to refugee reception in Australia, from the perspective of the experiences of two women refugees arriving at Villawood, 10 years apart.

  • This City is a Body (2009, Australia)
    Shakithidharan

A portrait of Sydney, Australia, from the ground up: an examination of a place built on a history of migration. Its backdrop is a time in Australia’s history when a race riot, desperate refugees and citizenship tests seemed to dominate the political agenda. This film is for anyone who has wondered about mapping more than a city’s streets.

* Talks with film-makers followed.


14 October 2011
5 pm, Room 209, RC Mills Building

  • In Transit (2004, Turkey)
    Berke Bas

Istanbul famously stands as the bridge between Asia, Africa, and Europe, and it is at this geographical crossroads that three migrant families’ stories intersect. Far from the glorious Ottoman architecture and the glamorous Bosphorous nightlife, In Transit shows the tough life of transients stuck in Istanbul, between their war-torn or impoverished past and their imagined and elusive future.

  • Floating Life (1996, Australia)
    Clara Law

An aging Hong Kong couple moves to Australia with their two youngest sons. They stay with a daughter who has already begun a successful career. Meanwhile their eldest daughter lives in Germany and their eldest son remains in Hong Kong. The film explores the different ways the family members cope with isolation and alienation.


9 September 2011
5 pm, Room 209, RC Mills Building

  • Lucky Miles (2007, Australia)
    Michael James Rowland

An Indonesian fishing boat abandons a group of Iraqi and Cambodian men on a remote part of the Western Australian coast in 1990. Three men with little in common but their history of misfortune elude capture and begin an epic but confused journey drawn on by their hopes amplified by the empty desert.


5 August 2011
5 pm, Room 148, RC Mills Building

  • Wedding Campaign (2005, South Korea)
    Byung-kook Hwang

Two aging Korean bachelors from the countryside, who had been unable to find wives in Korea, go on a 10-day ‘campaign’ in Uzbekistan, where local matchmakers attempt to pair them up with local ethnic Korean women.