human rights arts and film festival

Presenting the best films and artwork from around the world, Melbourne’s annual Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) will challenge, touch and inspire audiences from all walks of life.

Melbourne, Canberra (May 14-30, 2020)

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The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

First thing’s first; H.G. Wells this is not ...
Interviews, Static Vision / /
'Challenging and Off The Radar;' Static Vision Launches Hyperlinks

‘Challenging and Off The Radar;’ Static Vision Launches Hyperlinks

“When we started Static Vision, our main goal was to bring out audacious and experimental ...
"An attitude, an ambition;" Fantastic Film Festival lands in Sydney and Melbourne

“An attitude, an ambition;” Fantastic Film Festival lands in Sydney and Melbourne

“The thing that I found so exciting about programming the festival was that for a ...
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It's official: our screening of In My Blood it Runs has sold out! Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket, and to all who chose to add a donation to their ticket price. Both tickets and donations will support a school being established on Dujuan's Country via Children's Ground. Weren't able to grab a ticket? There are HEAPS of fundraiser screenings happening around Melbourne and Australia. Find one near you – or organise your own!
January 27 is International Holocaust Commemoration Day. It's a day to remember the victims of the most heinous crimes to have ever taken place: the killing of six million Jewish men, women and children and millions of others by the Nazis and their collaborators.⁠ 2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, the ending of the Holocaust, and the ending of World War II. And 75 years on, it's still an important reminder to always stand up to bigotry and hatred.
One of the most important things we can do during a time of collective, and largely avoidable, crisis is to write to one’s MP. To those not in the habit of doing so, however, it can seem like a strangely daunting task. Fear not – it’s actually super easy!⁠ Here's how to find your MP: And here's a great template letter of environmental concern, ready for you to edit to your heart's content: To all of you out there with the know-how – we strongly urge you to get writing! And to everyone else, this bushfire crisis is the perfect time to start.
Indigenous communities are among those most dramatically affected by climate change, and especially the negative impacts of environmental upheaval. Yet in so many cases, and especially in Australia, it's First Nations communities with the knowledge that can curb these changes and safeguard our environment for the future.⁠ 'Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming' ranks Indigenous Peoples' Land Management as #39 in its list of 100 solutions. Traditional practices and land management conserve biodiversity and maintain ecosystems. ⁠ Sounds like the perfect time to admit to the gaps in our collective knowledge and do the work to educate ourselves.⁠ Image 'Burning of the Land #27' – Veronica Mungaloon Hudson, Pitjantjatjara people; via The Torch
For months now, our country has been burning. We are witnessing unprecedented, catastrophic destruction to landscape, wildlife, homes, and human life around Australia. ⁠ If there’s one positive to be taken from this crisis though, it’s the fact that the national and international public response has been similarly unprecedented. Change is in the air, and we can all be a part of it.⁠ How we respond now, plants the seed for how we respond in the future. If you’re in a position to do so, here are some great places to donate: ⁠ CFA Vic: @cfavic⁠ NSW Rural Fire Service: @nswrfs⁠ WIRES Wildlife Rescue: @wireswildliferescue⁠ Wildlife Victoria: @wildlifevictoria⁠ Australian Red Cross: @redcrossau⁠ You can donate directly to First Nations communities via a great @drmngnow⁠ fundraiser⁠.⁠ Unable to donate? Find a local protest via @unistudentsforclimatejustice. Write to your MP, and know that when the times come, you’re able to use your democratic right and vote for climate action. Share content, start conversations about climate action. This image is by the exceptionally talented @kaffeinepaints featuring a CFA volunteer, Leadbeater’s Possum (Victorian state emblem), kookaburra and platypus (both NSW state emblems), koala, kangaroo and joey, embracing each other. You can also buy this print which all proceeds will go to the CFA and another to RFS.
Heads up filmmakers! The December 31 deadline for submissions into the HRAFF 2020 film program is fast approaching. If your film, short or feature-length, explores themes of human rights or social justice, we want to hear from you. And more specifically, our programming team wants to see your film. Submit your film here:
It's International Human Rights Day today! Today, December 10, marks the day in 1948 that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations. The document has been translated into over 500 languages; probably a sign it's onto something. The theme for 2019 is "Youth standing up for human rights", celebrating the potential of youth as constructive agents of change. And of course, to galvanise young people to stand up against racism, hate speech, bullying, climate change, and discrimination. All over the world, we can see youth seeking to participate in the decisions that'll directly and indirectly impact their wellbeing. Seems reasonable to us. Youth participation: essential to achieving sustainable development for all. #StandUp4HumanRights
Humpday reminder to ensure that at all times, your activism is intersectional!
The deadline for film submissions into HRAFF 2020 has been extended to December 31! Does your film explore human rights and social justice? We'd love to see it - submit your film for the 2020 festival here:
Way back in 1996, the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to observe the first International Day for Tolerance on 16 November, and to adopt a Declaration of Principles on Tolerance. The Declaration affirms that tolerance is neither indulgence nor indifference. It's respect and appreciation of the rich variety of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and the MANY ways of being human. Basically, tolerance recognises the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. How can intolerance be countered? With education, access to information, individual awareness – along with local solutions and for governments to enforce human rights laws.
It's giveaway week! Courtesy of Potential Films HRAFF have 5 double passes to see working Woman by female director Michal Aviad at Cinema Nova tomorrow Wed September 25 at 630pm. Just email After a successful MIFF run, Working Woman will be in cinemas nationally from October 10.. Working Woman: the film that brilliantly navigates workplace sexual harassment and its complexities..
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