Family Footsteps is an immersive documentary series that takes Australians to live the lives they might have led, if their parents had not migrated to Australia. People from over 185 different countries have made Australia their home. Our multi-cultural identity is based on their sacrifices and contributions but many 2nd and 3rd generation Australians know little about their family’s cultural history and have never visited the countries of their ancestral roots. This gap often creates tensions between the migrant parent and the next generation. Family Footsteps provides a sliding doors experience as participants immerse themselves in the work, family and cultural situations they might today be living if their family had remained in their country of origin.
Armenia, Uganda, Tonga and Cambodia all provided exotic backgrounds for the journeys of self discovery for four more Australians as they find out about their family and culture and so much more about themselves. The series follows a Perth IT executive to Uganda to find out that African life is far more than National Parks and wildlife; a Sydney bank employee returns to Cambodia where his parents fled the killing fields to face the fears he has inherited; a Darwin-based journalist returns to the pacific island of Tonga to discover a rigid social structure in which knowledge can be a dangerous thing; and a graphic designer returns to Armenia to try to remove a stain that has haunted her family for several generations.
Family Footsteps will take you on an emotional journey, illuminating cultural contrasts and celebrating the rich international heritage of Australia as seen through the eyes of people intimately connected to two countries.... Read more.