AFTERWARDS - A shared Australian history

As the first Greek born woman to be elected to Federal Parliament, my story of migration has been showcased as part of Multicultural Arts Victoria's AFTERWARDS series.

The four-part series explores what it feels like to be a migrant or refugee, having to travel from the only home you’ve ever known to a new life in Australia.

This was the experience of more than one million post-World War II immigrants and refugees who were affected by the ravages of war, economic despair and the shadow of the Cold War, as they disembarked at Port Melbourne, and faced a new life in Australia.

The people featured in the AFTERWARDS series of short-form documentaries came to Australia as children, and in spite of an uncertain beginning, through stoicism, intellect and resilience, have raised families, built careers and are now distinguished Australians – creatively contributing to the fabric of 21st century Australian life.

These thought provoking stories of a shared Australian history are told with humility and dignity while the stories of post-war migration through Port Melbourne’s piers have created the fabric of Australia’s multicultural society.

AFTERWARDS is a joint project of producer and MAV curator Lella Cariddi and filmmaker Adam Ricco.