Films that aim to open your eyes and change your mind screen this May
Powerful human stories are promised at the 11th Human Rights Arts and Film Festival. There will be 15 days of screenings and events in venues across Melbourne: ACMI, No Vacancy, Footscray Community Arts Centre, the Immigration Museum, Fitzroy Library, Newport Substation, and Koorie Heritage Trust.
The 2018 festival aims to create awareness on pressing human rights issues across five major themes: conflict and global people movement, gender equality, Indigenous rights, rehabilitation and retribution, and the environment.
Opening night in Melbourne is headlined by Australian film After the Apology, directed by Larissa Behrendt. Behrendt is an Indigenous (Eualeyai/Gammilaroi) filmmaker, novelist, lawyer and academic. Her landmark documentary explores the practice of Aboriginal child removal, which is happening at almost double the rate of the time of Rudd’s Apology speech.
HRAFF will also screen the documentary Border Politics, directed by Judy Rymer. The feature-length documentary follows human rights barrister Julian Burnside as he travels the globe examining the increasing compromises to human rights in Western democracies occurring via the exploitation of fears around border protection.
Her Sound, Her Story, directed by Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore, examines sexism within the Australian music industry. Jackson offers an insight into reproductive rights in America; Jaha’s Promise is about the practice genital mutilation. A Better Man is an intimate look at violence against women.
Food Fighter tackles food waste and the work of Urban Harvest. Guilty investigates capital punishment; The Grown-ups, the rights of people with disabilities, and Oscar nominated Last Men in Aleppo is about the remaining besieged citizens in Aleppo, Syria.