The Canberra edition of the seventh Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF) will open on Tuesday 3 June with the highly anticipated film The Square, a documentary that takes audiences right to the heart of a movement, a country and a people committed to the ideals of freedom and human rights.
The Square comes direct from the 2014 Academy Awards, where it was nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category. Assembled from footage filmed in, alongside and after the Egyptian Revolution, Jehane Noujaim’s film follows a small band of Egyptian activists united against their corrupt government.
Audiences will also have the opportunity to see Light Fly, Fly High, an inspiring documentary that follows the story of Thulasi, an ‘untouchable’ Indian girl who trained as a professional boxer in order to fight her way out of poverty and inequality.
The Festival will close with the 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning Rich Hill, a documentary that explores the challenges three adolescent boys face growing up in a deteriorating Missouri mining town. As they navigate the hardships of poverty, broken families and mental illness, along with the regular challenges of being a teenager, their belief in a brighter future makes this an extraordinarily moving film.
WHAT: The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival
WHEN: Tuesday 3 June – Thursday 5 June 2014
WHERE: National Film and Sound Archive
TICKETS: Full $16 | Conc $13 | Festival Pass $33