The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival Programme Highlights

The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival
Our eclectic team of writers from around Australia – and a couple beyond – with decades of combined experience and interest in all fields.

HRAFF’s program aims to inspire, challenge and inform audiences on a variety of human rights issues.

Now in its 6th year, The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) will once again showcase an extraordinary selection of film, music and art from around the world starting from 9 May to 6 June for a fortnight in Melbourne and three weeks across the country.

HRAFF has revealed three highlights from the 2013 program, including Walk Away Renee, which documents Caouette’s cross-country journey with his mentally ill mother. A poignant documentary that is sure to ignite debate around the representations of mental illness and the ethics of documentary filmmaking itself.

A Grand Jury Winner at DOC NYC, Informant, is a psychological examination of fundamentalism. In Informant, director Jamie Meltzer investigates renowned radical activist Brandon Darby, who has been both venerated and vilified in equal measure. Shrouded by mystery, Darby is not who he seems to be.

In 1968, photojournalist Eddie Adams captured one of the Vietnam War’s most arresting and iconic photos of a point-blank execution. The photo epitomised the horror of wartime brutality and was circulated around the world, yet the story behind the image is not always so straightforward. In Eddie Adams: Saigon ’68, director Douglas Sloan investigates the complicated back story surrounding this image, as well as raising pertinent questions regarding media ethics and the power of photojournalism to influence human rights agendas.

The full HRAFF program launches at the beginning of April and all tickets will go on sale through ACMI and the HRAFF website.

HRAFF 2013 Festival Dates

MELBOURNE: 9 – 23 May 2013
SYDNEY: 28 – 30 May 2013
ALICE SPRINGS: 31 May – 2 June 2013
CANBERRA: 3 – 5 June 2013
BRISBANE: 4 – 6 June 2013
PERTH: 4 – 6 June 2013

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