Seeking to move and actively engage audiences on human rights issues, the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) will return to Canberra as part of its national tour this year with an impressive line up of film highlights from its festival program.
The Festival will open in Canberra on 22 May with Australian documentary I Will Not Be Silenced, which follows the true story of Australian Charlotte Campbell Stephen who after being raped by a gang of men while living in Kenya in 2006, embarks on a seven year struggle through the frustrating labyrinth of Kenya’s legal system.
Undaunted, Charlotte continues to seek justice, becoming involved in advocacy groups and bringing hope to Nairobi’s many rape victims. This potent, shocking and moving film is a story of the indomitable spirit and female solidarity.
Canberra festival goers will have the chance to see HRAFF highlights Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story, which explores how much food we actually waste, with abundance being the success story of the human; and Ivory Tower, a fascinating and exploratory documentary that addresses concerns for the future of the higher education system with its investigation into the 2014 student debt crisis in America.
The Festival will close with The Beekeeper, which is a relevant tale of our times about immigrant Ibrahim Gezer, a beekeeper who is able to draw comfort and wisdom from bees. They have been the constant throughout his life, from upheaval and war in his homeland, to his new home in Switzerland. Set in the stunning vista of the Swiss Alps, The Beekeeper is a human portrait of a remarkable individual.
Human Rights Arts & Film Festival
When: 22-25 May 2015
Where: Palace Electric Cinemas, New Acton
More information and tickets: www.hraff.org.au/canberra (enter the code HRAFFCAN15 at the checkout for a 10 per cent discount on tickets)