25. 10. 2016
A new life in a new town
This video is the main artwork produced by Malcolm McKinnon as part of the This is a Border(town) artist-in-residence project. Here’s the synopsis for this 15 minute film:
Migrants and refugees come to Bordertown as part of their journey to create a new life. Often employed at the local meatworks, they spend long days on the production line and then go along to English language classes or citizenship training in the evening. Many migrants come to Bordertown alone, without their families. They send back money home and live in hope that, some day, their families will be able to join them.
Bordertown is a settled, stable country community. How might local people understand and extend a hand of friendship to these recent arrivals?
Malcolm acknowledges the generousity and openness of all of the people who were interviewed for the film. He also wishes to thank the Bordertown Migrant Resource Centre, Tatiara District Council, Bordertown Public Library and JBS Meatworks for their generous support of this project.