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The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival at ACMI will present two weeks of contemporary work aimed at generating engagement and discussion on human rights issues. The Festival will feature 26 films, many of which will debut in Australia, and some film screenings will include a panel discussion and director Q&A's
Documentary Vive La France
I WILL NOT BE SILENCED (Opening Night) In this story of justice, indomitable spirit and female solidarity, Australian Charlotte Campbell Stephen, after being attacked and raped by a gang of men while living in Kenya in 2006, decided to take her rapists to court. After seven years of struggling through the frustrating labyrinth of Kenya's legal system, Charlotte forged ahead and became involved in advocacy groups, bringing hope to Nairobi's many rape victims.
Screening on Thursday 7th May, 2015 and Sunday 17th May at 6.30pm.
EVAPORATING BORDERS The influx of asylum seekers into Cyprus has not been well received by Cypriots. Director Iva Radivojevic, herself a refugee to Cyprus from the former Yugoslavia, narrates and guides the audience through the streets of Cyprus to try and understand why antipathy and aggression towards these new citizens is tearing an already divided nation further apart. Screening on Monday 11th May at 6pm.
The Festival program also boasts short film and art exhibitions, including the photography and video work by Aboriginal artist Christian Thompson and the work of Kurdish artist Rushdi Anwar.
Artwork by Rushdi Anwar
Rushdi Anwar addresses the transitory nature of life. His art, expressed through mixed media and photography, explores the social and political issues affecting his home country.
No Vacancy Project Space, alongside the Atrium space in Federation Square will exhibit two incredible installation works by Rushdi Anwar that seek to explore ideas informed by Anwar's personal experience.
Exhibition dates; Tuesday 5th May - Saturday 23rd May. Rushdi Anwar's 'Hanging Issues' exhibition opens on 12th May in The Atrium.
I AM, YOU ARE, WE ARE An exhibition bringing together the work of Olga Cironis, Eva Fernández and Marziya Mohammedali exploring the experience of migration and 'the outsider' in Australia.
Exhibition dates; Thursday 7th May - Sunday 31st May Chapter House Lane, opposite Federation Square, accessed via Flinders Street.