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An Immigrant Nation

About the show

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 programmes included 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

An Immigrant Nation starts Friday 14th January at 5pm on TVNZ Heartland.

For further screenings, visit the TVNZ Heartland programme schedule here.