BACK TO WHERE THEY CAME FROM
When Peter “children overboard” Reith stands on a mountain in Kabul, looks into the eyes of Rezai – a refugee deported back to Afghanistan from Australia – and listens to the horrifying litany of those who were also sent back and died, were kidnapped or never been seen again, does that change his view?
“Not really,” says Rick McPhee, series producer of Go Back To Where You Came From, tonight on SBS.
“Peter gets very sad about their individual stories, but he’s got the big overview. He’s pragmatic.
“Although, there was one woman in a refugee camp who had her first child at 13 and is now 20. She had no choices. Peter was very moved. It’s a powerful scene.”
And what does Peter Reith think of his “children overboard” tag?
“He’s sick to death of it. He concedes the Tampa was a stuff-up. But it was a small event that happened a long time ago and it was not part of a conspiracy.”
Tonight we will see the second instalment of the powerful documentary “Go Back To Where You Came From”.
This time, says McPhee, we will watch people who have nailed their colours to the mast on refugees.
Unlike the participants in the first series who were just everyday people, this lot – including Reith, columnist Catherine Deveny and rocker-turned-politician, Angry Anderson – have even more strongly held opinions.
To watch their argument and reaction is even more riveting, he says.
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