An Immigrant Nation

Like so many countries, New Zealand is a nation of immigrants. Many of these people were driven from their homes by war, famine or oppression. Others came as sojourners always intending to go home. All of them came in search of a new life.

Told through a series of emotional and personal stories each documentary encapsulates the immigrant experience. Each programme explores issues such as prejudice, loss, longing and a feeling of always having a foot in two worlds. The documentaries also look at life for different generations, about where they feel they belong and issues of preservation of culture.

The series programmes are:
Dalmation at Heart – the story of the Dalmations from the coast of Croatia
The Unbroken Thread – the story of a unique Italian fishing community
The Irish – Just Slightly A People Apart – the story of three Irish families
Footprints Of The Dragon – looking at the lives of Chinese migrants
A Little Piece of Deutschland – the story of German wine-maker Almuth Lorenz
From Sri Lanka … With Sorrow – focuses on New Zealand’s small but vibrant Sri Lankan community
Searching for Paradise – the story of a young Samoan musician, Pati Umaga

Although each story is specific to a cultural group, the issues travel across cultural boundaries. Within each documentary individual and family stories act as a window into the immigrant culture and community. Each goes back to the country of origin and the New Zealand they found on their arrival.

An Immigrant Nation - Searching for Paradise

Directors Monique Oomen, Caterina De Nave, Anna Cottrell, Helene Wong, Jennifer Bush
Producers Vincent Burke, Jennifer Bush, Anna Cottrell
Executive Producer Vincent Burke
Duration 7 x 46'
Distributor Top Shelf Productions Limited
Distributor HIT Entertainment