The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) presents films, performances, discussions and panels that explore urgent subjects ranging from Indigenous affairs and the lives of refugees and asylum seekers, to LGBTIQ rights and gender equality, to the environment and climate change.
Now in its twelfth year, the 2019 program features more than 30 films and events.
Highlights of the program include poignant documentaries and investigative films.
The Panama Papers looks at one of the largest global corruption scandals in history. The Distant Barking of Dogs was short-listed for the Oscars and documents the story of a grandmother trying to protect her orphaned grandson as conflict approaches in Eastern Ukraine. Risking Light looks at how people cope with tragedy, and shows you can find forgiveness even in the most painful circumstances.
And Stop the Boats shows the real and devastating story of Australia’s asylum seeker policy as told by the people seeking asylum. Footage was secretly filmed and smuggled out of Nauru and Manus Island.
The festival runs in Melbourne from Thursday May 9 until May 23, before heading to Canberra.
Tickets can be purchased here: 2019.hraff.org.au