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Journey Beyond Fear (Teacher's Notes)

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The Journey Beyond Fear (Teacher's Notes) are a downloadable PDF.

Journey Beyond Fear is a feature documentary told through the eyes of a teenage girl and her refugee family in pursuit of resettlement.

This emotional roller coaster takes us from despair to joy through hope, humour and love – shattering prevailing stereotypes. A character driven film, featuring three magnetic daughters and shot over seven years in Malaysia and Australia, it's an extraordinary psychological study of the effects of refugee status. We experience how even the system for seeking asylum the 'right way' is cruel, punitive and ultimately broken.

Curriculum Links:

Journey Beyond Fear is relevant to Year 9–12 students in the following study areas:

  • Civics and Citizenship (Year 9–10)
  • English (Year 9–12)
  • Geography (Year 9–10)
  • History (Year 9–12)
  • Media Studies (Year 9–10)
  • Global Politics (Year 11–12)
  • Legal Studies (Year 11–12) 
  • Religion (Year 11–12)

The film can also be used as a resource to address the Australian Curriculum general capabilities: Ethical Understanding and Intercultural Understanding and the cross-curriculum priority: Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia.

This documentary is a suitable focus for cross-curriculum projects about asylum seekers and refugees. Teachers are advised to consult the Australian Curriculum and curriculum outlines relevant to their state, or territory, for further information.


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