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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | June 6, 2020

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The Human Rights Art and Film Festival

The Human Rights Art and Film Festival
Cathy Dee


We all know that we should be informing ourselves about human rights and what is happening around the world. The team at the Human Rights Art and Film Festival (HRAFF) realise this too and so have committed themselves to an annual art and film festival that aims to raise awareness about human rights by challenging, touching and inspiring audiences from all walks of life.

HRAFF is a Melbourne based, not-for-profit organisation devoted to the exploration of human rights issues. Each year the festival presents the best films and artworks from around the world. The chosen artworks and films aim to engage and inform the audience on current issues of human rights. The organisation would like the festival to provide a platform where artists, human rights organisations and the public can come together to contribute to social change.

In-The-Shadow-Of-The-Sun-2-Dogwoof-Documentary-470x310-1363747558The festival has kicked off in Melbourne for a fortnight long stint and then will tour around to Sydney, Alice Springs, Canberra, Perth and Brisbane. HRAFF is in Brisbane from 4 June to 6 June, at the Tribal Theatre in the Brisbane CBD. One film is shown each night of the festival, each exploring a different issue relating to human rights.

The opening film is, In the shadow of the sun. This documentary was shot over a six year period and takes a look at the lives of albinos in Tanzania. It tells the story of a man who stands up to persecution, risking his own life to change the world in which he lives.

Informant is a US documentary about Brandon Darby, a co-founder of the Common Ground Collective which was formed in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. This film takes an in-depth look at who Darby really is, although you may not even figure it out by the conclusion.

Alias-Ruby-Blade-1-470x310The closing night film is, Alias Ruby Blade. This is an action packed documentary about the tumultuous birth of a new nation in East-Timor. The film is shot in the never before seen perspective of the young Australian activist, Kirsty Sword. An intriguing tale of how individuals can change the course of history.

So if you can, make sure you go along to check out one, if not all of these films! For more information on HRAFF, or to donate go to their page here



What? The Human Rights Art and Film Festival

When? 4 June – 6 June

Where? Tribal Theatre – 346 George St, City