Walk in the shoes of a Sudanese refugee as she attempts to transform her rural town of Wagga Wagga into a friendlier place. Constance on the Edge tells the story of brave, feisty, charismatic Constance Okot, and her family and friends, attempting to transcend their painful pasts.
Constance on the Edge is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of a group of African Australians from refugee backgrounds, attempting, often against the odds, to create a home in regional Australia. It reveals their courage and resilience, as they strive to reconstruct their own lives and enrich others along the way. Constance and her family arrived in Australia almost 10 years ago on humanitarian visas. They were sent directly to Wagga Wagga, halfway between Melbourne and Sydney.Constance on the Edge, observes the family now, capturing their struggles, experiences, and their efforts to feel at home and accepted in their town. Constance’s children are facing new challenges. Vicky, her eldest daughter is studying for her HSC with an ambition to become a doctor. Meanwhile, her son, Charles struggles with depression and drug addiction.
We will witness Constance and her women friends conspiring to change perceptions about refugees in their town – joining forces with the Country Women’s Association. Through Constance, we also encounter local women who are supporting her and other refugees living in Wagga including the policewoman and the trauma counsellor. Together these women provide a network of support. Constance on the Edge is especially poignant at another level: we hear the determined voices of African women from a culture where women are rarely able to speak out. Constance and her community of refugee women have something deeply personal to say about their childhoods in Africa, their perceptions of what family means, and the lasting legacy of their refugee trauma. Their healing journey delivers an intimate portrait of life in a regional setting.