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An Australian Greek Wife
Year of production - 1978
Duration - 2min 13sec
Tags - culture, diversity, identity, immigration, socialisation, see all tags
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About the Video Cliptop
An Australian Greek Wife is an excerpt from the film George and Toula (10 mins), an episode of Our Multicultural Society Series 1 (11 × 10 mins), produced in 1978.
Our Multicultural Society Series 1 explores Australia’s cultural diversity. The 11 documentaries in this first series explore issues around identity, community, communication, and lifestyle. They consider specific problems or challenges faced by particular individuals or groups, and look at our similarities and differences. The people featured in the progams range from new arrivals and second generation Australians to Indigenous Australians.
Our Multicultural Society Series 1 was produced by Film Australia.
The focus of the study is the process of socialisation and the development and coming of age of individuals in a variety of social and cultural settings.
Outcomes – a student:
P2 identifies and describes relationships within and between social and cultural groups
P3 describes cultural diversity and commonality within societies and culture
P5 investigates power, authority, gender and technology and describes their influence on decision-making and participation in society
- At first this clip seems to be about Toula’s work as a worker’s compensation officer but soon we find out that it is more about her identity and social self.
- What influence is Toula’s Greek background playing in the development of her identity and sense of self?
- Is is clear to what extent Toula’s search for identity is due to her feminism or her ethnicity? Explain
- Toula is in her thirties and yet still speaks of ‘needing to be me’. What does Toula’s story inform of about age and identity and the processes of socialisation?
- Do you share any similarities with Toula in terms of feeling pressured to act or be a certain way because of your cultural background? Explain.