The 8th Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF) has just announced a selection of highlights for its 2015 program. The highlights form part of an innovative program that seeks to inform, engage, inspire and drive conversation on human rights issues through its creative choice of films, arts, and forums. And given that it’s in it’s eighth year, it seems that they’re pretty damn good at it.
Program Director, Malcolm Blaylock highlights that this years films “highlight the significant moral and ethical issues of our time but they all display filmmaking of the highest quality and integrity.”
Some of the films that encompass these qualities are as follows:
Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case, a new documentary following world-renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei during his fight for human rights in a turbulent China. This highlight will offe an insight into the life of an artist striving to contribute to social change.
Winner of the Audience Award at the Berlin and Sundance Film Festival is Difret explores the traditional practice of marriage abduction that still occurs in much of Ethopia.
The shocking documentary Ivory Tower investigates the 2014 student debt crisis in America. This fascinating piece directly addresses concerns regarding the future of higher education, encouraging viewers to consider if the worldwide trend of skyrocketing tuition fee is truly worth the cost.
This year, the Festival’s art program will include contemporary exhibitions from Christian Thompson and Rushdi Anwar.
The festival runs from 26 – 30 May in Sydney at the Dendy Cinema Newtown, with varying dates and locations all across the country! For a full list of dates, venues, and more details, head to www.hraff.org.au