Celebrating the 2016 HRAFF Program Launch

The diverse collection of entertaining, powerful and inspiring human stories that is HRAFF 2016 has launched.

On April 4th at Bella Union, Program Director Malcolm Blaylock, shared with special guests, sponsors and festival partners, a sneak peak at all of the fascinating film, forums, music and arts programming  included in this year’s festival.




The 2016 program features 31 feature films, 25 shorts, 5 forums and 9 arts events, all carefully curated to inspire. Some highlights include:

The Australian premiere of the ambitious film, Chasing Asylum, by Oscar-winning Australian director/producer Eva Orner. The documentary explores the asylum seeker and refugee experience, featuring compelling never-before-seen footage of off-shore detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island

For the first time ever, HRAFF sets foot in Footscray with Seeking Refuge, a collaboration with Footscray Community Arts Centre and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

Moving and celebratory documentary, They Will Have to Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile will take centre stage as the spotlight film of the Festival, featuring Songhoy Blues who recently toured Australia in March.

The HRAFF 2016 film line-up will also feature Australia’s first-ever musical documentary Prison Songs, which exposes the high rates of Indigenous incarceration in a Northern Territory prison.

Breakfast sessions are back in 2016, with four forums over two weekends, covering a range of topics at the forefront of current human rights debates, including Cultural Diversity on Stage and Screen.

The film program will also feature the Australian premiere of the 2016 Sundance award-winner The Bad Kids, touring select national cities.

The launch event also featured the unveiling of our striking 2016 key art and the release of the 2016 program booklet, beautifully designed by Sweet Creative.


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Big thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with us.

Here’s a glimpse of how the night went down!



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