Thursday 21 April 2016
HRAFF Themes: Asylum Seekers and Refugees
Our opening night film, Chasing Asylum, highlights the plight of asylum seekers as an ever important issue worth examining by Australian audiences. It’s a topic that we are proud to have at the forefront of the 2016 festival. We hope that our programming will spark many conversations around this contentious topic and engage audiences with the very real human experiences of asylum seekers and refugees, both in Australia and across the globe.
After selling out both opening night and the encore screening of Chasing Asylum, we are excited to announce another encore screening in Melbourne – so you still have a chance to catch this ambitious and confronting documentary.
The HRAFF spotlight film, They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile, along with documentaries Dreaming of Denmark and A Walnut Tree tell the stories of displaced people persevering in the face of hardship and uncertainty.
Our Arts program also showcases asylum seeker and refugee voices. Join us for an afternoon of entertainment, discussion and the celebration of our newest Australians at Seeking Refuge or attend the listening party, Stories from Detention, to hear from three powerful storytellers who have been in detention.
Here are some MUST SEE events from the HRAFF program that explore this issue.
CHASING ASYLUM – NEW ENCORE SCREENING JUST RELEASED!
Sunday May 8 3 pm at ACMI Melbourne
Also showing in Sydney, Brisbane, Alice Springs, Darwin, and Perth
This film features never-before-seen footage of off-shore detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island, revealing the conditions asylum seekers are living in.
DREAMING OF DENMARK
Saturday 7 May 6:30 pm at ACMI Melbourne
After fleeing his native country of Afghanistan at just 15, Wasiullah has spent his adolescent years in Denmark, relishing in teenage antics but also nervously awaiting acceptance for permanent residency.
BREAKFAST SESSION: ASYLUM SEEKER POLICY AND THE REFUGEE EXPERIENCE
Sat 7 May 11 am – 12 pm at ACMI Melbourne
This session looks at the laws, regulations and policies affecting the rights, status and treatment of refugees and those seeking asylum or who have transitioned to living and working in Australia.
A WALNUT TREE
Saturday 14 May 8:30 pm at ACMI Melbourne
A Pakistani refugee camp. A family displaced by war. This is a stunningly poetic account of the turbulent internal conflict that occurs when people are uprooted from their homeland and forced to reside in an unstable refugee camp.