This year the Human Rights and Arts Film Festival (HRAFF) celebrates its first big milestone – its 10- year anniversary. We are proud to have walked half of this journey together as a HRAFF partner.
For the last ten years HRAFF has been giving voice through the power of video image to people who face human rights abuse and live in the conflict zones.
The festival became a national event and has been able to create a community passionate about human rights issues and to screen films to 80 000 people.
The festival features a great selection of genres including documentary, short and narrative sourced from Australia and around the world. Addressing issues such as global consumerism and its impact on health, world migration and land grabbing, social inequality and racial discrimination, HRAFF positions human stories in the center of the narrative. The films are thought-provoking and inspire empathy.
HRAFF co-founder Evelyn Tadros says it is not unusual when a movie becomes a turning point in someone else’s life. Some of the attendees of HRAFF decided to change a career and channel their activism into the troubled areas.
“Even if the movie made me cry, I always leave the cinema feeling hopeful and inspired and amazed at the resilience of the people that are in the film” - says Evelyn.
Listen to our On Purpose podcast with Evelyn speaking about HRAFF’s early days and how it has shaped the human rights discussion in modern Australia.
This year Bank Australia is presenting four films including two Australian premiers The Opposition and Stranger in Paradise, as well as The Freedom to Marry and Australian short films.
As a Bank Australia customer you can enjoy a 15% off all general HRAFF film sessions nationally excluding special and highlight events. You can use the code BANKAUS15 as many times as you like as long as seats are available.
Launching in Melbourne, HRAFF will tour nationally throughout May and early June. Check the full program here.