The 7th Annual Human Rights Arts & Film Festival 2014

hraffThe Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, or HRAFF as the old Azman likes to call it, is kicking off in Melbourne May 8 – 22, 2014. Here’s a little about what they do (via their website):

Presenting the best films and artwork from around the world, the annual Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) will challenge, touch and inspire audiences from all walks of life.

HRAFF is a Melbourne based not-for-profit organisation devoted to the exploration of human rights issues through an annual film and arts festival and an on-going schools and community program. HRAFF selects its arts and film to engage and inform people on human rights issues. The festival’s innovative and entertaining program resonates with audiences, encouraging them to talk about their experience.

For a fortnight in Melbourne, and three weeks across the country, HRAFF exhibits a selection of contemporary cinema, music and fine art. In its seventh year, HRAFF continues to provide a shared site whereby artists, human rights organisations and the Australian public are united by their desire to contribute to social change.


MELBOURNE – May 8 – 22, 2014

SYDNEY – May 27 – 31, 2014

ALICE SPRINGS – May 29 – 31, 2014

CANBERRA, PERTH, BRISBANE – June 3 – 5, 2014

DARWIN – Aug 16 – 17, 2014

… And here’s their film line up for Melbourne! (Tix on sale now here! – Program varies between cities)

LESSER GODS – An immersive amalgamation of sound, moving image and interactivity by young indigenous visual artist Ryan Presley

THE SQUARE – The Academy Award-nominated documentary that follows a small band of Egyptian activists in their fight for democracy.

VIETNAM/AUSTRALIA: VOICING THE UNSPOKEN – Inspired by the perspectives of artists with links to both Vietnam and Australia

AUSTRALIAN SHORTS – From emerging Australian filmmakers come revealing stories hiding behind history, behind the everyday, behind what we think it means to be Australian.

MAKE AN IMPACT! – Join award-winning documentary filmmaker, Ian Darling, for this special industry masterclass.

OUR TREE – FORGED FROM FIRE – Five years on from Black Saturday, Our Tree illuminates stories of resilience and healing through the making of The Blacksmiths Tree

FOR THOSE WHO CAN TELL NO TALES – An Australian tourist holidaying in Bosnia-Herzegovina stumbles upon a hidden legacy of war crimes.

UNOGUMBE: NOYE’S FLUDDE + REVE KAKUDJI – HRAFF is excited to present two exceptional African stories that bring music to the screen and transgress the traditionally white world

BREASTMILK – How did something so common become so contentious? A refreshingly open contemplation of this most natural and nurturing act.

LIGHT FLY, FLY HIGH – Revealing the challenges faced by many women struggling for equality in India, this is a tribute to an unbreakable independent spirit.

WHERE HEAVEN MEETS HELL – An intimate portrait of four Indonesian sulphur miners who risk their lives in the crater of the Kawah Ijen volcano.

METAMORPHOSEN – Despite being one of the most radioactively contaminated places on earth, people continue to live a mere 2km from a Russian nuclear facility.

NO BURQAS BEHIND BARS – Meet the brave women inside the Takhar prison, Afghanistan, who after fleeing abusive households or arranged marriages have been jailed for ‘moral crimes’.

ALPHEE OF THE STARS – A moving declaration of love from a father to his daughter who has a rare developmental disorder.

REMEMBERING WAR: STORIES FROM THE LEFT BANK – Take a voyage into the hearts and minds of some of French cinema’s most celebrated filmmakers.

THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY: THE STORY OF AARON SCHWARTZ – The fascinating story of programming prodigy and hacktivist Aaron Swartz.

INTERNATIONAL SHORTS – Reframing our perceptions of each other, these exceptional short films from around the world explore shifting global and individual identities.

MEET THE FILMMAKERS – Get up close and personal with the guests of the 2014 festival.

HINDSIGHT: DEATH TO THE FASCIST VULTURES – HRAFF invites you to an afternoon of film and music that will transport you to a Russian Speak Easy.

SONS AND MOTHERS – A behind-the-scenes portrait of male performers as they create a theatrical love letter to their mothers.

DIEGO STAR – A gritty and surprising drama that speaks of grave social injustice and the aching beauty of an unlikely connection.

CINESEEDS | MIA AND THE MIGOO – Stimulating young minds through film

EVERYDAY REBELLION – Meet the people willing to put their bodies on the line in this kaleidoscopic exploration of non-violent protest across the world.

MY LOVE AWAITS ME BY THE SEA – How do you return to a place that only exists in your mind? Filmmaker Mais Darwarzar travels to Palestine, her homeland, for the very first time.

THIS MAY BE THE LAST TIME – A very personal film that revives the stories and fascinating musical history behind the songs of a Native American tribe.

HEALING WAYS: ART WITH INTENT – An exclusive exhibition preview and guided tour with curator Charlotte Christie.

FOREST OF THE DANCING SPIRITS – Deep in the Congo Basin, the Aka tribe share their creation myths and deeply spiritual existence with intrepid filmmaker Linda Västrik.

69: LOVE SEX SENIOR – A tender and funny examination of a topic that many people struggle to imagine: sex and the elderly.

BEYOND THE CINEMA: THE POWER OF STORYTELLING – Join festival guest filmmakers as they discuss the challenges and opportunities of the new movement of impact production.

GOD LOVES UGANDA – In Uganda, American evangelical Christians are joining forces with local pastors fuelling homophobia and the recent turn towards biblical law.

HILL OF PLEASURES – In one of Rio de Janeiro’s most notorious favelas, a newly appointed young police unit has arrived to restore law and order.

RICH HILL – In small town rural America, three teenagers confront heartbreaking stories but despite the isolation and brutality of their circumstances