Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

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The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) was formed in 2007 in Melbourne. It is the first human rights film festival to take place in Australia. HRAFF is devoted to the exploration of human rights issues through creative media, and runs an annual film and arts festival and an on-going schools and community program. The festival’s innovative and entertaining program resonates with audiences, encouraging them to talk about their experience.

For a fortnight in Melbourne, and three weeks across the country, HRAFF exhibits a selection of contemporary cinema, music and fine art. In its sixth year, HRAFF continues to provide a shared site whereby artists, human rights organisations and the Australian public are united by their desire to contribute to social change.

HRAFF is a non political and non religious organisation.

The Festival founders, Evelyn Tadros and Naziath Mantoo, were inspired by human rights film festivals held overseas such as The New Zealand Human Rights Film Festival, the New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York and the 3 Continents Human Rights Film Festival. HRAFF is a non for profit, incorporated association.

The inaugural HRAFF ran from 29 November to 15 December 2007 at RMIT Capitol Theatre (link) and Bus Gallery in Melbourne. It then traveled to Sydney, the Peats Ridge Festival in New South Wales and Curtin University in Perth.

In addition to films, HRAFF includes art, speakers, music, poetry, discussion forums and performances.

Premiered Films[edit]


( 8th - 22nd May )

The following films were Australian Premieres in the 2013 HRAFF programme:

Tour Dates[edit]

HRAFF is based in Melbourne and tours nationally showcasing the program. The cities currently in the tour are Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Alice Springs and Sydney.

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