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Since 2007, the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival has been inspiring audiences from all walks of life. The festival was founded by a group of students and young professionals. These passionate ambassadors wanted to establish Australia's first arts festival dedicated to human-rights issues.
The HRAFF are a not-for-profit organisation. On April 24th, they are holding a Gala Film Screening and Cocktail Party to raise money for the festival in May.
The gala will be held at the St Kilda Town Hall, and introduced by none other than Dr David Corlett. David has worked with asylum seekers for many years, as a case manager, researcher and advisor. He has also written two books on the subject, and is best known from his appearances on the SBS TV show, Go Back to Where You Came From.
The feature film, Reporter, is a touching story. It follows multi-award winning New York Times journalist, Nicholas Kristof, as he travels to war-ravaged, Eastern Congo. Kristof aims to find people whose stories will reveal the desperate crisis of the country, and mobilise readers worldwide.
Invitation to Screening of 'Reporter'
Reporter was nominated for the Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, and aims to produce thought and discussions amongst its audience. The film asks questions regarding human rights, as well as the role of the journalist in such changing times. But overall, it aims to inspire action.
Following the screening, there will be a fun, fundraising auction, and then the famous cocktail party. The event attracts over 500 people each year, a wide scope for thought-provoking conversation.
The gala begins at 6:45pm for a 7:00pm screening. Tickets are $115, with all proceeds supporting the development of the festival. The screening is sure to leave you feeling touched, teary-eyed and inspired to take action. Remember that just by buying your ticket, you're helping to raise awareness of human rights.
Passionate about getting involved? The 2013 festival are currently looking for volunteers to fill a number of roles.