ABC has what has been described as “a fantastic documentary” screening in early September on Compass. It is essentially a film that is a local Erin Brockovich story about an Anglo-Australian convert who discovers she's established her Muslim school on contaminated land. The school loses a large amount of money and is struggling to survive. Silma wants compensation - and to prove the Muslim community can get a fair go in Australia.
Silma's struggle for survival and justice is an intimate and important invitation into everyday Muslim life in the suburbs and provides a microcosm for many of the issues facing young Muslims growing up in the West. It offers a unique perspective on the young Muslim community, such as the relationship of young Muslim boys to their mothers, the education system and fitting in prayers and lessons.
Largely observational in style, Silma’s School is said to be moving, funny and suspenseful. Heralded as a cultural landmark, the film received a standing ovation at last year’s Sydney Film Festival, sold out in London and was a finalist in the New York Festivals’ television award.
Silma’s School will be screened on ABC on Sunday, September 3, at 10.05pm and on Thursday, September 7, at 11am.
Other programmes of interest to be screened soon on ABC are:
Peter Andren: A real believer (Compass, Sunday, September 10, at 10.15pm) Federal MP Independent Peter Arden shares the values and principles that shape his life as a politician; how he does it and what sustains him along the way.
Three faces of hope (Compass, ABC2, September 1, 9.30am and 7pm) Compass follows a Jew, a Muslim and a Christian around schools and colleges of differing beliefs to respond to the difficult issues of inter-faith harmony.
Sisters of Charity (Compass, ABC2, September 8, 9.30am and 7pm) For 150 years the Sisters of Charity have engaged in welfare, hospital and education work in Australia. But with their numbers aging, how will the institutions they founded remain distinctive and different once the Sisters have gone?
This powerful documentary follows former police officer Chris Payne turned private investigator as he probes the shocking crime of trafficking for prostitution.
Trafficked, SBS, Story Line Australia, Thursday, August 31, 8.30pm.
Catholic Church Television Australia
Two features to be presented by Catholic Church Television Australia, airing on Foxtel Digital's Aurora Channel are:
All God’s Beggars
This documentary was made with the assistance of the Asylum Seeker Centre in Sydney and Dandenong, Good Shepherd Sisters, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne, the Christian Brothers and Actors for Refugees. They combinewith the Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project and Jesuit Refugee Service to reflect on the effects of government policy on asylum seekers.
All God’s Beggars, Aurora Channel, Saturday, September 2, at 2pm.
Me and a Camera + 70 Million Locals
Caritas Australia is the Catholic Church’s official aid and development agency for the world’s poor. It belongs to the largest network of humanitarian relief agencies in the world, and is among the big five in Australia. One of Caritas’ works is to educate young people about development issues in the third world.
This film from Albert Street Productions makes the journey with a group of Catholic secondary students as they expose themselves to poverty in the Philippines, and to the reality of most people’s lives in the world.
Me and a Camera + 70 Million Locals: Aurora Channel, September 4, 8.30pm; 5, 2.30am, 9am, 2.30pm; 9, 1.30pm
Going to Heaven
Through a lively text based on extensive interviews with Bishop Robinson, his closest associates, family, colleagues, and observers, and illustrated with photographs from all phases of his life, this book paints a portrait of Bishop Robinson not as a symbol but a human being who is, as he puts it, “neither the angel nor the devil some would make me out to be”.
Oil & Water: Two Faiths: One God
The Pilgrim Press, based in Cleveland, Ohio, is the distributor of Oil & Water: Two Faiths: One God, by Muslim-scholar Amir Hussain, which is scheduled for official publication on September 1.
Virginity or Death!
Writer Katha Pollitt has been awarded a National Magazine Award, the US industry's highest honour. Witty, astute and invariably logical, Pollitt's Nation column has been singled out as one of the key voices of the US, left with lively and penetrating dissections of America's most controversial political, social and cultural trends.
She also has a new collection of 84 taut and timely essays. Virginity or Death! displays the full range of this award-winning writer's indefatigable wit. Read her most recent Nation column or read Sarah Goldstein's piece about the book:
“…Every other week, in the pages of this magazine, Katha Pollitt collects her thoughts in her column, Subject to Debate. To say that Pollitt's column is a hotbed of feminist polemic is only partly right. Each of her essays is a small marvel of anger leavened with wit. Armed with a sharp tongue and a broad interest in politics and culture, Pollitt is as likely to seriously critique Martha Stewart as she is to hilariously parody John Ashcroft…” (continued)