This documentary highlights the experiences of 2 refugee families and how they settle into Australian life.
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Filmed over 10 years, Constance on the Edge is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of one refugee family’s resettlement story in Australia. Brave, lion-hearted, charismatic Constance, mother of six, confronts her painful past in war torn Sudan, and risks everything in Australia so her family can thrive. Mary, Constance’s niece, finds it impossible to find a job. Vicky, her daughter, studies every morning from 4am, hoping to get into university. Charles, 23, is struggling with alienation and depression.
Constance on the Edge gets to the heart of a contemporary untold story about the courage and resilience it takes to build new lives. The film also highlights the important role communities play in encouraging a sense of belonging and enabling participation for everyone.
A copy of the DVD is available from the Preston campus library.
The Melbourne Polytechnic libraries have many books and DVDs on learning English and living in Australia. Many foreign language dictionaries are also available.
The following items might be of interest to you:
English grammar in use: a self-study reference and practical book for intermediate learners of English
Building strong families: a guide for new migrants to Australia (DVD)
What's the law?: Australian law for new arrivals (DVD)
Preston, Epping, Greensborough and Prahran campus libraries also have ESL collections.
They contain books to support English language skills, such as fiction and nonfiction readers, as well as items on Australia including government, nature, and culture.