Finding Resources: Multicultural Week 2020

Multicultural Week 2020



Expand your knowledge in Multicultural Week 2020 

Learn more about the languages, customs, and spirituality of the cultures represented in the events and activities as part of Multicultural Week 2020. Watch a movie or read an electronic book from the VU Library. Books and most videos are accessed through the VU Library and you will need to authenticate as a student or staff member.

Electronic Books



The Danger of a Single Story - Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.


The Urgency of Intersectionality - Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe the reality of race and gender bias, and understanding how the two can combine to create even more harm.


Immigration nation : the secret history of us - A landmark series that explores 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. 


You Can't Ask That : African Australians - Diverse Australians living in judgement confront prejudice and discrimination head-on. The show asks the hard questions and turns the answers into surprising moments of honesty and heart-warming humour. 



Babakiueria - Imagine what it would be like if black settlers arrived to settle a continent inhabited by white natives?


Chunar Mori Rang Dari - Performance of Chunar Mori Rang Dari by Manjari Chaturvedi. 


Creole Cousins - Film reveals through live music the closeness between the Reunionese and the Brazilian black heritage, despite geographical distance 


Destination flavour (Episode 2) - Buzz behind the Latin American food scene in Melbourne. 


Food Safari (Series 2, Episode 10) - Maeve O'Meara discovers Sri Lankan food. 


Food Safari (Series 4, Episode 1) - Maeve O'Meara explores the diverse food culture of Darwin, Australia, including traditional Aboriginal foods. 


Eating up Easter - Today, this tiny, barren island is experiencing an economic boon as tourism skyrockets. Yet the indigenous culture and the island's fragile environment are suffering.


Blue rider. The colour blue : are you there Krishna? - Video that goes directly into the internior landscape of the painter Arpita Singh. 



Hope - Amal Basry was one of 7 survivors from 400 asylum seekers whose boat from Indonesia sank on its way to Australia in 2001. She spent 22 hours in the ocean, now she fights to ensure that the disaster is not forgotten, to reunite her family and find what it was I lost in the ocean. 


Hybrid - A series of programs which examine the lives of the children and the grandchildren of Australian migrants. 






Lalai Dreamtime - Lalai Dreamtime takes the viewer into pre-settled Australia to show a myth from the spiritual tradition of the people. 



Australian Story : Bridge Over Myall Creek - Reconciliation has become a hot political topic, but this Australian Story is about ordinary people putting the word into meaningful action in exceptional circumstances. 


Call Me Mum - Kate (Catherine McClements) is on a plane taking Warren (Dayne Christian), her 18 year old Torres Strait Islander foster son, to meet Flo (Vicki Saylor), his birth mother, who is gravely ill in hospital in Brisbane. 


Walya Ngamardiki - Exploring the relationship between Aboriginal people and their land. 


Confusion Na Wa - Set in an anonymous Nigerian city, Confusion Na Wa is a dark comedy about a group of strangers whose fates become intertwined over the course of 24 hours. 


Movement (R)evolution Africa - Combining innovative narrative techniques and striking footage of dancers at work in the studio and on stage, Movement (R)evolution Africa explores an astonishing exposition of choreographic fomentation.



Ethnic Dance Around The World - Colourful ethnic dance from the Americas, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Australasia help us to understand why people dance and why their dances and music differ.


Jathilan: Trance and Possession in Java - a folk dance that uses the power of music and dance to channel powerful and sometimes terrifying forces.


Dances at Aurukun -  Traditional Aboriginal dancing at Aurukun Mission on Cape York Peninsula in far north Queensland.


African Dance: Sand, Drum, and Shostakovich - African contemporary dance through eight modern dance companies from Africa, Europe and Canada.


Classical Indian Dance : Two Bharatanatyam Dances - Swati and Jyoti Argade perform two classical Indian Dances in the Bharatanatyam style.


Soul Of A Banquet - Documentary on Cecilia Chiang, the matriarch of modern Chinese cooking, as she relates her fascinating history and cooks up a sumptuous, once-in-a-lifetime banquet.


The Turkish Way - A travelogue that shares the journey and experiences of three brothers on a trip across Turkey.


Holy Land - Film recounts a dramatic year in the lives of Israeli settlers in the West Bank, and the Israelis and Palestinians who oppose them.


Multicultural Week 2020