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HRAFF 2019 Opens with critically acclaimed film 2040

BY SALONEE MISTRY

 

Bustling with happy faces and smiles stretched for a mile, the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF), 2019, opened with a bang. Sharing ‘Stories that matter’, ACMI was filled with a passionate audience, HRAFF staff and volunteers all geared for a night of, what truly was, thought provoking fun.

 

Climate Change was the theme of the night, keeping in mind its importance and our proximity to the Federal Elections. In tune with the idea of ‘changing the narrative’ the film 2040, focusing on the good that awaits us in the future, was screened.

 

A hybrid-feature documentary, 2040, is award-winning filmmaker Damon Gameau’s letter to his five year old daughter, instilling a hope for the future in her and in all who see it.

 

The screening was followed by a panel discussion and Q & A moderated by Malinda Wink, CEO and Founder of Good Pitches Australia and Shark Island. She was joined by Dr Amanda Cahill, Director and Founder of the Centre for Social Change and the CEO of The Next Economy, Katherine Gaita, Founder and CEO of Climate for Change and director Damon Gameau himself.

 

“The inspiration for making the film simply comes from being an overwhelmed parent,” Mr Gameau said.

 

“There a lot of people doing incredible things and solutions do exist. I just felt that it was time to shift the spotlight and it’s important to instil our kids with hope, to let them know that there are things we can do.”

Mr Gameau and his team thought it was important to not just make the film but create something much larger. Working with a range of organisations from around the world an online hub has been created at the back of the film which helps you come up with a plan to do your bit.

 

HRAFF Ambassador Ryan Smith said “I found it [the movie] beautiful. It was wonderfully optimistic but it also had practical implications or practical ways that you can take away to implement in your own lives to make a difference.”

 

Another audience member Lee Merzel  said “It was a great movie. The soil regeneration part interested me and it’s heartening that there are things today that can be done to change the world.”

 

HRAFF will continue to show engaging and thought provoking films until 23 May in Melbourne. Browse the full program: https://2019.hraff.org.au/program/browse-program/

 

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