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Cronulla Riots

The day that shocked the nation: these are the untold stories of the Cronulla riots.

On December 11, 2005 a riot occurred on Cronulla Beach in Sydney’s south targeting men of ‘Middle Eastern appearance’.

Phrases like “100% Aussie Pride” were scrawled in the sand while slogans such as “We grew here you flew here” became a new source of national shame. In the following days, Lebanese-Australian youth rose up, responding swiftly in a series of retaliations. Leading up to these events, 270,000 text messages were sent and received to mobilise the rioters and those who retaliated.

This interactive documentary explores these events. A 60-minute video is the springboard to explore a wall of content that adds further depth and perspective to the themes that fuelled the infamous Cronulla Riots.

Watch the untold stories. Investigate the themes. Explore the riots in an entirely new, immersive way.

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Year of development :2014
Created by:Jaya Balendra, John-Paul Marin, Sue Clothier, Kylie Boltin, Marden Dean, Matt Smith, Daniel Miau
With:SBS Australia

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