Compass: Mary and Mohammed

Meeting of cultures

This week's program features the story of an unlikely friendship between a young Afghan asylum seeker and an elderly Christian Australian pensioner. 

Mary, 71, lives in a poor rural municipality outside Hobart in Tasmania. When the government opens a new detention centre nearby, Mary is bitterly opposed to the arrival of its mostly Muslim detainees.

But when her local knitting club is asked to make winter beanies for the asylum seekers, she embarks on a journey of friendship that finds her questioning long-held beliefs and prejudices.

Mary and Mohammed: Compass, ABC-TV1, 6.30pm October 13

www.abc.net.au/compass/comingup.htm

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