One of SBS’ feature documentaries for 2011 will be Immigration Nation: The Secret History of Us, the untold story behind Australia’s multicultural mix.
It will explore Australia’s untold immigration story; a century long struggle to overcome the White Australia Policy that resulted in one of the world’s most multicultural nations.
It is to be complemented by an interactive online documentary and themed in-language discussion on SBS radio. A Mandarin subtitled version of the documentary series will also be available on SBS’s recently launched Chinese language Virtual Community Centre.
Matt Campbell, Director, Television and Online Content says: “Immigration Nation builds on SBS’s reputation for landmark documentary series that make a significant contribution to understanding the cultural complexity of the Australian community.
“By utilising all of our platforms and our in-language expertise, SBS ensures all Australians can participate in this innovative broadcast initiative.”
Based on interviews with eminent historians and testimony from eyewitnesses to the key events that built a nation – some of whom tell their stories for the first time – Immigration Nation will reveal the dark paradox behind the Utopian vision at Federation: the belief that to make the new Commonwealth the most progressive and egalitarian nation in the world, the country must be exclusively white. It will track the implementation of the White Australia Policy and the impact on the immigrant communities that it fractured.
At the heart of the cross platform activity is SBS’s most ambitious online offer to date.
Produced in association with The Chocolate Liberation Front, the dedicated site will feature an interactive documentary looking at how immigrants have shaped Australia today. A resource centre will provide further factual information around the television series, including visually engaging statistics on immigration, profiles of key politicians, further information on key contributors that are featured in the series, and more. The site will also enable audiences to look into the SBS Television archives to find out how Australia’s views on immigration have changed in the past 30 years.
Prior to and throughout the broadcast of the television series, SBS Radio will invite listeners to take part in discussion in-language as a range of programs explore the themes raised in the series. SBS Radio currently broadcasts programs in 68 languages around Australia and has played a vital part in assisting the adjustment of new migrants to Australian life.
SBS will also partner the Museum of Australian Democracy in a discussion event at Old Parliament House in Canberra in early 2011.
Immigration Nation: The Secret History of Us is a Renegade Factual production in association with SBS.
It begins on Sunday, 9 January 2011 at 8.30pm on SBS ONE.