The largest public human rights arts event in Australia is here in Melbourne. The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) brings artists, filmmakers and musicians together to engage and inspire audiences on human rights issues. Using art, film, music and conversation, the stories shared can be challenging, inspiring, hopeful and even uncomfortable.
Get ready for 10 days of film, performances and conversations that celebrate truth, wisdom and change. Highlights of this year's programming include:
1) 22 April - Farewell Amor is Ekwa Msangi's vivid and carefully observed feature debut featuring performance by Niasha.
2) 23 April - Underplayed, featuring performance by Jacki Tut, addresses sustainability in the electronic music industry.
3) 23 April - Femme Shorts consists of 6 short film that celebrates the victories, exposes the struggles and highlights the everyday trivialities of women, transwomen and non-binary people.
4) 24 April - Cowboys addresses the topic of trans kids and includes a post-film panel discussion.
5) 24 April - Kuessipan is about the Innu family and community.
6) 24 April - MLK/FBI addresses politics and activism and features a post-film panel discussion.
7) 25 April - Ai Weiwei Yours Truly deals with the freedom of speech and features performance by Malaika Mfalme.
8) 25 April - Firestarter: The story of Bangarra shares stories through dance to create moments of access for all Australians who hold a relationship with this land's First Nations' peoples. It features performance by Kululu Waria.
9) 26 April - Australian Shorts shed light on the many sides of the Australian experience and features a panel discussion with local filmmakers.
10) 27 April - Ophir is about the story of Bougainville and its people who are hoping for peace, working for freedom and protecting their Indigenous culture. It features a post-film panel discussion.
11) 28 April - The Forum features a post-film panel discussion.
12) 28 April - Blaxcellence is a special event featuring performance by Tébir, artist and speaker Awak Kongor, two Short Films Lil Bois and Road.Dogs and a networking session.
13) 29 April - Femme Shorts Encore
14) 29 April - International Shorts is a collection of exceptional global cinema that reveals the awe-inspiring strength of the human spirit in confronting an increasingly complex world.
15) 29 April - Midnight Traveler is a documentary that shares the feeling of hope and being alive
16) 30 April - Body of Truth features a pre-film artist performance and a post-film panel discussion.
17) 1 May - Westside Event features music by Daniel Atlaw Seifu and Jazmaris, a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony and a post-film panel discussion.
18) 1 May - The Last Tree features performance by Western Edge Youth Arts.
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