The Way Back In is a community heritage project that presents a series of filmed interviews and portraits of pre- and post-war Italian migrant families, individuals and their successive generations.
The aim of the project is to document a small selection of people that represent some of the rich Italian heritage in Dimbulah, Innisfail and Cairns. Their memories of the extraordinary journeys and stories of hardship they experienced upon arriving in Australia's far north, as far back as the 1920s and throughout Europe's post WWII era and into the 1960s remain vivid.
The subjects of these interviews were first engaged through La Nostra Storia (Our Story) story telling workshops. The workshops provided a space where stories emerged and inspired nostalgic accounts of migration, settlement and the significant contributions made by Italian communities to the cultural and economic growth of the region so many decades ago.
The project is funded through the Australian Government's Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities 'Your Community Heritage' program and Arts Queensland.