Exhibition - Personal Discovery


[Student] What interests do you have, what do you like doing?

[Student] Music is my main interest, a big part of my life, I play guitar and I sing. i get together with my mates every couple of weeks, we have a bit of a jam, and I'm part of the school musical here at school when it's on... Yeah, music - probably the main part of my life. I also enjoy things like skateboarding. What about you?

[Student] Well, I think music is a big part of me as well, I don't play instruments, I tried to play guitar - failed miserably. So instead I like writing music - can't sing - but I like writing music.

[Student] I'm into like kind of indie bands at the moment, but like next week I'll be into like techno or something and I'll be like the biggest techno-head ever.

[Student] You know, I'm more into like folk, surprisingly, and sort of alternative rock, but not really R&B at all - yeah, I change.

[Student] What kind of like folk music?

[Student] Bob Dylan, Paolo Nutini, I like a bit of Arctic Monkeys.

[Student] I love them.

[Student] Have you heard their new album?

[Student] No, I've only heard Crying Lightning - It's a lot more rockier, I guess.

[Student] I'm into basketball and taekwondo.

[Student] Oh, nice, OK.

[Student] Yeah, mainly basketball and taekwondo and a bit of swimming. What about you?

[Student] I'm cricket and tennis and table tennis, so I'm on the other side of the scale from taekwondo...

[Student] So you want to be a jourbnalist?

[Student] I don't know, I'm thinking I want to do criminology kind of thing.

[Student] I wanted to be a criminal psychiatrist for a little while.

[Student] Yeah, I wanted to be a forensic psychologist.

[Student] Like Law and Order - it's so cool.

[Student] Have you seen that show Lie to Me?

[Student] Yes, I was obsessed with that!

[Student] I want to be him. That's what I want to do. And my Mum's like "Oh, you should be that, don't become a lawyer because they lie too much". And my Dad's like, "there's no money in that - do law, because there's money".

[Student] I don't watch that many movies, but I love Harry Potter.

[Student] Me too.

[Student] I like the movies, but they kind of ruin the book and the books are incredible. Have you read the books?

[Student] Yeah, I have, I really like it. Are you a fan of Twilight?

[Student] I have read it, but I'm not such a big fan, sorry.

[Student] I really like it.

[Student] Did you see the movie as well?

[Student] Yeah, I have. I really enjoyed it, but it's wasn't as good as the book.

[Student] As always.

[Student] What nationality are you?

[Student] I'm Eritrean.

[Student] Oh, OK.

[Student] Have you heard of that before?

[Student] No.

[Student] Most people haven't. It's like on the east of Africa sort of next to Somalia and Egypt.

[Student] Oh, OK. I'm Lebanese. Is your name Arabic, though?

[Student] I think so, because I speak Arabic and stuff... I'm not sure.

[Student] Because when we say Walou?? it means "really".

[Student] It's not like that. My mum, I think she probably made it up.

[Student] My name means "of the night"

[Student] It's like Layla or something?

[Student] Yeah it's like Layla, like a varation. I don't think I was born at night.

[Student] It's a nice name.

[Student] I don't know where that came from.

[Student] Where were you born?

[Student] I was born in Australia, in Melbourne. I'm an Australian, and my grandparents and my parents were all born in Australia as well, but we do have ancestors that have come from the United Kingdom, Ireland - Scotland, Wales, England. How about you?

[Student] Yeah, I was born here, in Australia, Melbourne. But my background, they're all Filo, some of them, well my grandparents Are Filipino, but then, my Mum's side, they're Japanese and on my Dad's side they're Spanish. I was actually the only one, my family, this generation, we're the only ones that were born in Australia, the rest were born overseas.

[Student] I'm from Lebanese background.

[Student] Were the same.

[Student] The same really.

[Student] Yeah.

[Student] So, were you born in Australia?

[Student] Yeah, I was born in Australia and so was my Mum, but Dad was born in Lebanon.

[Student] That's the same as me. My Mum was born in Australia, but my Dad was born in Lebanon, but my Mum's parents were born in Lebanon.

[Student] Yeah, that's like me. So, both Lebanese. Are they traditional?

[Student] My Dad's side is more traditional, my Mum's side is more Australian.

[Student] Yeah, same.

[Student] I'd say they've adapted better.

[Student] 'Cause they grew up here.

[Student] Exactly, because they grew up here. Do you still eat a lot of your cultural food?

[Student] Yeah, all the time.

[Student] Same.

[Student] I always go to my Grandma's and...

[Student] Yep, same as me. At my Grandmother's - massive feast of Lebanese food. It's pretty good.

[Student] Yeah.

[Student] So, I was just wondering why you guys wear the headscarf? What's it called?

[Student] First of all it's called the hijab. We wear it because God tells us to, it was a commandment from God to the girls, you know, ladies, to wear it. The reason why we wear it, it's like a protection, so we're like guarded, so we don't fall into the wrong path and everything. It's sort of protection for us women.

[Student] Is it symbolic, like with your hair, like is your hair like special as a female?

[Student] It's not the hair, it's like it probably could attract men in a way which can mislead us. So we can fall into the wrong path or something. It's just a sort of protection, just to protect us.

[Student] Because in Judaism, it's kind of the same. When you get married, you cover your head, and you wear either a wig or you fully cover it, because hair is like special, it's like the laws of modesty for your husband, so it's kind of similar, it's really interesting.

[Student] I've seen some Jewish women, yeah, it's cool. So you're going to be doing that when you grow up?

[Student] I'm not sure yet, I haven't decided.

[Student] OK, so it's your choice?

[Student] Well, it is a law, but I'm not ultra-orthodox, so I'm not sure how extreme I'll take all the laws.

About this Video

This video is part of the Talking Faiths exhibition. Students talk about personal discovery
Length: 06:18