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Bold and unflinching Section 501 is a one-hour documentary following displaced New Zealanders deported back to Aotearoa under Australia's controversial law - Section 501. In 2014 Australia began hardline enforcement of Section 501 in the Migration Act, deporting all non-citizens who fail a character test. Since then, more than 3000 men and women, known as 501s, have been deported back to their countries of birth. 1300 are New Zealanders - most with criminal records, many of whom have lived in Australia almost their entire lives. This deeply personal documentary charts the journeys of two 501's: Mark and Josh. Both men moved to Australia as young children and return to New Zealand having to leave their own children behind. With no connections, no familiarity with this country, and a criminal record, they each attempt to build a life here under what can only be described as the worst possible circumstances. Section 501 is made with funding from New Zealand On Air and Maori Television.

Nick Mayow, Prisca Bouchet

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