Thursday 12 May 2016
Opening Night Kicks Off HRAFF 2016
Opening the 2016 Human Rights Arts & Film Festival to great acclaim, the ambitious documentary Chasing Asylum was well received by the Melbourne audience.
Guardian Australia journalist, Van Badham moderated a thought-provoking Q&A with Chasing Asylum Director and Producer, Academy award winner, Eva Orner.
Eva Orner’s journey to producing Chasing Asylum was fraught with obstacles. Whistleblowers went to great lengths – at great personal cost – to covertly obtain iPhone footage, providing audiences with transparency around the conditions asylum seekers were living in within offshore detention through never-before-see footage. The film painted a comprehensive picture of Australia’s international standing on the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees through the personal experiences of those living in detention. The audience was buzzing with the after-effects of viewing some very confronting footage and these conversations will be sure to continue beyond the festival. Check out national tour dates at chasingasylum.com.au.
The screening was followed by the after party at ACMI’s Lightwell, where DJ Heartbreaker (Andrew Brown) helped us kick off two weeks of HRAFF Melbourne.
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The Opening Night After Party was proudly supported by Lush Cosmetics, with drinks supplied by Mountain Goat Beer and Brown Brothers Winery. Special thanks also to our major partner Bank Australia.