HRAFF Themes: Female-Driven Films for Mum

At HRAFF, we are proud to present films that represent a female perspective in storytelling – whether that comes from the talented female filmmakers behind the scenes, or from the female-centric narratives they feature. Many of the films below are driven by strong (and at times vulnerable) female protagonists or address issues of women’s rights. We More…

Films for 15+ Audiences

We know human rights are for everyone, but with the often confronting content that we present in the HRAFF program, the films aren’t always suitable for younger audiences. But young people don’t have to miss out completely on engaging with issues of social justice through film. In 2016, we fortunately have a significant selection of films More…

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 More…

HRAFF: Proudly Supporting Women in Film

As always, HRAFF are proudly celebrating women in film and this year we have an incredibly strong line-up of female champions, including:   Chasing Asylum – Eva Orner (Australia) Orner’s previous works include include Untold Desires (Best Documentary at the Australian Film Institute Awards, the Logie Awards and the Australian Human Rights Awards) and Strange Fits of More…

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.     More…

Patrons’ Picks

Patrons’ Picks

The top picks in the 2016 Festival program from the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival Patrons Margaret Pomeranz AMWhen I look at the program for 2016 I can only admire the organisers and curators of this vitally important film festival. There is so much I want to see in the program, from Mor Louchy’s More…

What We Are Looking Forward To At MQFF

The HRAFF team attended the Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2016 program launch on 2 March – and what a line-up! Program Director Spiro Economopoulos launched his first MQFF program at the event and we were introduced to a few new additions to the traditional program of features, documentaries and shorts from Australia and around the More…

The True Cost – Another HRAFF 2016 Sneak Peek!

We’re letting another one slip – yes we just couldn’t keep it in! This highlight of the 2016 film program takes us into the world of fashion. The True Cost is a story about clothing: the clothing we wear, the people who make it, and the impact the industry is having on our world. This More…

Powerful Malian Music Triumphs In Exile

Music, one of the most important forms of communication in Mali, disappeared overnight in 2012. Rather than lay down their instruments, Mali’s musicians fought back. They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile, is a documentary which follows various musicians in Mali – in the wake of a jihadist takeover and subsequent More…

HRAFF Programming Manager Attends Sundance 2016

Sundance, the largest independent film festival in the United States, is a renowned platform for original, authentic storytelling and a highly esteemed showcase for some of the most pressing and relevant issues of our time – so of course we sent our Programming Manager, Lauren Valmadre along to represent HRAFF. “The festival is known for More…

Announcing: HRAFF 2016 National Dates!

The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival national dates are now locked in! Preparations for the 2016 Festival are in full swing and we look forward to yet again sharing cinematic and artistic experiences that relate to the basic human rights of all people. Our 2016 programming will showcase some of the best human rights documentaries and More…

African Visions: A Collaboration with Melbourne Cinémathèque

We are excited to announce HRAFF is partnering with the Melbourne Cinémathèque again in 2016, screening rare and significant films from the complete history of cinema. This year, we’re examining postcolonial themes through French New Wave, and African heritage cinema. Senegal auteur Ousmane Sembene exposes colonial destruction and power dynamics to devastating effect in Black Girl More…

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