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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We'll just leave this here. Via the late, great Toni Morrison.
Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility! On March 31 we celebrate the wonderfulness and the achievements of the trans and gender diverse community – and raise awareness of the discrimination the community still faces. Today, start a conversation about trans rights! Read up and educate yourself! Amplify trans voices and donate to organisations supporting trans kids.
This week's Friday Night Film is one that's probably already living in your laptop (via Netflix)! 'Period. End of Sentence' is the Oscar-winning short documentary following a group of Indian women leading a quiet sexual revolution via biodegradable sanitary pads.
Film Friday! In honour of International Women's Day on Sunday, this week our tip is provocative documentary 100 Vaginas. Artist Laura Dodsworth photographs and interviews 18 British women - from teenagers to pensioners - as they tell frank, funny, and powerful stories of periods, pubic hair grooming, the trauma of sexual assault, the joy of orgasms, the secrets of the clitoris, the wonders of birth and the impact of porn, gender and religion- to better understand this part of themselves and its definitive role in women's lives. Available on SBS On Demand!
It's International Women's Day! Happy #IWD20 to ALL women out there – queer, trans, non-binary, gender diverse women; women of colour, women with a disability; to all you gals, women, female-identifying pals. Let's never stop raising each other up, being intersectional in our feminism, and never stop fighting for the rights of each and every one of us.
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:
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