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Colour Bars (1997)


The documentary examines the attitudes of four ethnic youths – Lebanese, Chinese, Indian and Greek – to school and to other ethnic groups of teenagers.

Curator’s notes

Using a surreal, visual style combined with voice over from the youths, the film introduces confronting attitudes and allows the viewer to draw their own conclusions. The film was produced eight years before the 2006 race riots in the southern beaches of Sydney.