ONCE UPON A TIME IN CABRA­MATTA

Doco 8.30pm, SBSONE

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Sunday Highlights - – DS

Con­fronting, touch­ing, pull-no-punches doco se­ries on how the Viet­namese com­mu­nity strug­gled to find their place in Aus­tralia. It charts how the de­ci­sion to al­low refugees into Aus­tralia at the end of the Viet­nam War trans­formed the sub­urb of Cabra­matta. The govern­ment of the day was ready, but the refugees flee­ing com­mu­nist rule in Viet­nam and many Aus­tralians were less so.

Through sev­eral fam­i­lies’ eyes we see the ex­pe­ri­ence from the new ar­rivals’ side – a strug­gle with lim­ited English, few skills, and feel­ings of dis­place­ment, kids left to own de­vices, then Aus­tralia’s slump into re­ces­sion and prej­u­dices boil­ing over.

We see the slide as Cabra­matta be­came known as an Asian gang­land, then its trans­for­ma­tion as the lo­cals took charge.

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