The U3A Port Phillip “DOCOS” class is held on Friday afternoons. During the first term of 2018 the class will be held at 1 pm on Friday 2, 9, 16 and 23 February and Friday 2, 9, 16 and 23 March. Class members will receive an email earlier in the week announcing the documentary to be shown. This webpage LIVE.ORG.AU/DOCOS will repeat the information in the email. After each session you are welcome to join us for coffee and a chat at “Miss Colombia Cafe” at 36 Mills Street, Albert Park.

Class members are encouraged to lead a session on a topic of their choice. Assistance with setting up the room and running the documentary video will be provided.

FIRST AUSTRALIANS – 1 pm Friday 2 February 2018

First Australians chronicles the birth of contemporary Australia from the perspective of its first people. First Australians explores what unfolds when the oldest living culture in the world is overrun by the world’s greatest empire. Over seven episodes, First Australians depicts the stories of individuals – both black and white – caught in an epic drama of friendship, revenge, loss and victory in Australia’s most transformative period of history. The story begins in 1788 in Sydney, with the friendship between Governor Phillip and the aboriginal warrior Bennelong.

We will just see the first of the seven episodes. Links to all episodes are available below.

Episode 1: They Have Come To Stay
Sydney & New South Wales (1788 – 1824)
The first Australians and the powerful British Empire come face to face. Friendships quickly form despite immense differences, but within three years both sides are locked in a battle for land and survival.
Episode 1 Full Video . . . . .
Episode 1 Study Guide . . .

Episode 2: Her Will to Survive
Tasmania (1803 – 1880)
It is a myth that the first Australians were eradicated in Tasmania. It should be their resilience, in spite of the overwhelming impact of white settlement, which is embodied in myth.

Episode 3: Freedom for our Lifetime
Victoria (1860 – 1890)
Aboriginal reserves couldhave become places where First Australians prospered, then proudly carried tehir differences into the world outside, but paternalism, politics and power struggles lead to the opportunity being lost.

Episode 4: There is No Other Law
Central Australia (1878 – 1897)
Many individuals had a profound effect on the First Australians. When the authorities turn a blind eye to evil intent, because it serves their purpose, someone has to take a stand.

Episode 5: An Unhealthy Government Experiment
Western Australia (1897 – 1937)
Many First Australians are being born into hybrid lives, strictly controlled in white society. It is hard for them to find their feet in the new world or the old, but their spirits endure.

Episode 6: A Fair Deal for a Black Race
South-Eastern Australia (1937 – 1967)
A mass political movement helped win constitutional rights in 1967, but it was built on successive, strategic campaigns conducted by the first Australians from the 1930s.

Episode 7: We Are No Longer Shadows
Queensland & The Torres Strait Islands (1967 – 1992)
Losing control of the land had the most devastating impact on the First Australians. The struggle for land rights continues to this day and one of its heroes is Eddie Koiki Mabo.

Documentaries shown and discussed in class in 2018.

Documentaries will be listed here once they have been shown.

Some of the documentaries shown and discussed in class in 2017.

JULIAN BURNSIDE – Julian was a speaker at U3APP the following day.
TEDxSydney Talk. . .

CITY IN THE SKY  – Presented by class member, Ken White, a retired Boeing 747 pilot.
Departure . . 
Airborne . .
Arrival . .

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Update . . . . . . Leonardo da Vinci painting sells for record $591 million at auction in New York$526m/9156994

NICCOLO DI BERNARDO DEI MACHIAVELLI (3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) was a Florentine historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist, and writer during the Renaissance. Machiavelli’s name is a byword for immorality and political scheming. But that’s deeply unfair. This was simply a political theorist interested in the survival and flourishing of the state.
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THE VIENNA SUMMIT is a superb documentary by Professor David Reynolds. In 1961, John F. Kennedy met the Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev in an atmosphere of intense Cold War friction and rivalry. This film tells the story of that meeting.
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Kennedy . . . . . . . . . .
Khruschev . . . . . . . .
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THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS  was a 13-day (October 16–28, 1962) confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union concerning American ballistic missile deployment in Italy and Turkey with consequent Soviet ballistic missile deployment in Cuba. The confrontation is often considered the closest the Cold War came to escalating into a full-scale nuclear war.
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Video Summary . .
Documentary . . . .

EDWARD SNOWDON – Presented by class member, Bev Fryer
Edward Snowden was an analyst with the USA’s NSA. He turned whistleblower and leaked classified information about global surveillance programs used by the American government to spy on people around the world and other nations activities. Is Snowdon a traitor, or a hero, for exposing unwarranted SURVEILLANCE of innocent people? The documentary will provide information that will help you to decide.
More about Edward Snowdon is here . . .
The documentary shown is here . . . . . . . . . .