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The beginning of the United Nations

Extract from Across the Frontiers (1953)

A documentary illustrating the principles and operations of UNESCO.

The United Nations (UN) was created in 1945 after the devastation of the Second World War. Representing the nations of the world, its main goal was to maintain peace and security. Australian politician ‘Doc’ Evatt was an important contributor in the early days of the UN’s existence. He helped to make sure that smaller nations like Australia had a say in the organisation, and was the President of the UN General Assembly from 1948 to 1949.

Film Australia Collection NFSA: 86 Documentary courtesy National Film and Sound Archive


1. What does this short film clip show? Summarise what you see and hear.

2. Does the film appear to have a main purpose or message? If so, what do you think it is?

3. Who made the film clip and when was it made? Use this information to try to work out why the film was made. Does this change what you think about the purpose of the film?

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