APEX GANG - BEHIND THE HEADLINES

When a powerful story starts to distort reality, how can one community fight back?

Crime, violence, immigrant gangs. These make for powerful headlines. But what happens when the newspapers get it wrong? When their stories no longer reflect reality, but start to shape it? In 2016, one of Australia’s newest migrant communities, the South Sudanese, was thrust into the spotlight. A youth brawl at a family festival in Melbourne created a furor of rage and indignation, and ignited a powder keg that had been building for years. All of a sudden, fear and resentment of African youth boiled over, creating a media-fueled storm that threatened the entire South Sudanese community. In the age of fake news, and fear of outsiders, what is the future of multicultural Australia?

Apex Gang - Behind the Headlines seeks to look beyond the media hype at a community under intense scrutiny. Working closely with the South Sudanese community, this documentary goes to the heart of what it takes to make a multicultural society and gives pause to those who have forged a view of migrant communities based on stereotypes by separating myth from reality.

DURATION

1 x one hour

YEAR OF PRODUCTION

2017

COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION

Australia

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