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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv -

IN a provoca­tive Com­pass, The Unit­ing Church ( Sun­day, 9.25pm, ABC) ex­am­ines Aus­tralia’s third largest de­nom­i­na­tion, a group that is ac­tive in cam­paign­ing for so­cial jus­tice, hu­man rights and re­li­gious lib­erty. With an age­ing con­stituency that is di­vided over ques­tions of the­ol­ogy and sex­u­al­ity, this in­sti­tu­tion may not sur­vive. The Hid­den His­tory of Ho­mo­sex­ual Aus­tralia ( Sun­day, 11.40pm, SBS) ex­am­ines an­other group that has fought for lib­er­a­tion. What are the un­told sto­ries of gays and les­bians in this coun­try? Con Anemogian­nis traces the his­tory from the first set­tle­ment through to the cel­e­brated pe­ri­ods of ac­tivism. Also deal­ing with per­sonal courage is Cut­ting Edge: En­e­mies of Hap­pi­ness ( Tues­day, 8.30pm, SBS), a film fol­low­ing the par­lia­men­tary cam­paign of 28- year- old Malalai Joya in her bid for elec­tion to Afghanistan’s Na­tional As­sem­bly. Sur­viv­ing four at­tempts on her life and sur­rounded by se­cu­rity, she wins in the coun­try’s first demo­cratic par­lia­men­tary bal­lot for 30 years. SBS fol­lows with Hot Docs: Dy­ing to be Anorexic ( Tues­day, 11.05pm, SBS), which in­ves­ti­gates the eat­ing dis­or­der, look­ing at an un­der­ground net­work of proanorexic web­sites pro­mot­ing it and at how the dis­ease rules young lives with an iron grip. Why would an in­tel­li­gent young wo­man want to cut off her breasts to lose weight? Not for the squea­mish.

Graeme Blun­dell

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