2018 Human Rights Arts and Film Festival
The 2018 Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF) will begin in Melbourne on the May 3 with a program of more than 50 films and events.
This year’s festival line-up of films, speakers and performers will explore five pressing human-rights issues including conflict, global people movement, gender equality, the environment and Indigenous rights.
Film highlights include multi-award-winning documentary Jackson, directed by Maisie Crow and the global premiere of the documentary Border Politics, directed by Judy Rymer. It follows human rights barrister Julian Burnside as he examines the border-protection and anti-terror legislation in Western countries and the threat they pose to human rights.
Amanda Lipitz’s Sunday Film Festival Jury Prize Winner Step will also be screened and feature a post-film Q&A with star Tayla Solomon. The documentary follows the lives of the Lethal Ladies dance team from The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women in the lead up to a multi-state showdown and becoming the first graduates of their school.
Opening night in Melbourne will be headlined by Australian film After the Apology, directed by Larissa Behrendt, an Indigenous filmmaker, novelist lawyer and academic whose documentary explores the modern practise of Aboriginal child removal.