India’s Oscar entry, ‘Writing with Fire’, will feature in this year’s annual Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, largest public human rights arts event in Australia, which will be held once again in Melbourne from April 28 to May 7.
The largest public human rights arts event in Australia, The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) is a not-for-profit arts organisation dedicated to cultivating a vibrant human rights community, culture and conversation in Australia.
This year’s HRAFF annual festival will feature a much-anticipated program of films, prominent visiting directors, artists, engaging workshops, and special guest speakers. Films take pride of place in the program, with an array of award-winning films from Australia and all over the world.
2022 has already seen monumental changes at HRAFF with the team almost doubling in size at the start of the year.
Festival’s opening night will showcase the film, Dear Future Children, a documentary film about young activism worldwide, at the ACMI Theatre.
Program Director Ayesha Mehta says, “We are incredibly excited about this year’s festival, and to be building our arts events through collaborations with local artists. We hope that travelling through our 10-day festival will be a vibrant experience, with a multitude of ways to engage with the stories and themes throughout.
Platforming artists, filmmakers and musicians is at the heart and soul of the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival mission. Ayesha adds: “It’s why HRAFF exists – engaging and inspiring audiences on human rights issues through art, film and music and conversation, which flows through to the partnerships and relationships that we nurture.”
This year’s annual festival will be guided by four interconnected themes: Bodies, Environment, Ancestors, Distance.
Searching or still, always expressive
The stories that make and remake us
All that surrounds us, natural, built, and human
Product of space and time through a virtual eye
The dynamic program has been announced and can be found at www.hraff.org.au alongside this year’s festival trailer.