Human Rights Arts & Film Festival
TOURING AUSTRALIA-WIDE, THE HUMAN RIGHTS ARTS & FILM FESTIVAL (HRAFF) SHOWCASES HUMAN STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD THROUGH FILM, ART, MUSIC AND FORUMS. HRAFF’s diverse program is composed of award-winning filmmakers and artists, telling the tales of incredible people and fascinating places through moving stories.
Opening the festival is moving documentary They Will Have to Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile. This documentary follows various musicians in Mali in the wake of a jihadist takeover and subsequent banning of music in the region. Also screening is Chasing Asylum – a moving and confronting film from Academy Award® winning Australian director Eva Orner. It’s a timely and important documentary revealing the conditions asylum seekers are living in on offshore detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island. The film will be followed by a Q&A with director Eva Orner.
The festival closes with a film close to home – Prison Songs – Australia’s first-ever musical documentary, where inmates of the notorious Berrimah Prison share their stories, experiences and feelings through songs they helped create. Stick around after the screening for a Q&A and performance by composer Shellie Morris.