Word reaches us that the Human Rights and Arts Film Festival is coming back:
The sixth Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) will open in Canberra on Monday 3 June with the highly anticipated documentary In the Shadow of the Sun – the debut feature by British filmmaker Harry Freeland which looks at the harrowing reality of ritual Albino killings in Tanzania.
Albinos in Tanzania are traditionally perceived as mythical beings: ghosts who cannot die; the embodiment of a family curse. In 2007, after a wave of albino murders, a disturbing myth is exposed: witch doctors claiming the limbs of albinos will bring wealth and good fortune. For Josephat Torner, an albino himself, the only choice is to take action. Shot over six years, In the Shadow of the Sun is the story of a man who stands up to persecution, putting his life on the line to change the world in which he lives.
Audiences will also have the opportunity to see a coming-of-age drama like no other in Sally El Hosaini’s My Brother the Devil. A story about brotherhood and belonging, My Brother the Devil is a slick and energetic portrayal of migrant youth pushed to the fringe.
Intrigue, romance and revolution all come together in Canberra’s Closing Night Film, Alias Ruby Blade. This action-packed documentary chronicles the tumultuous birth of a new nation in East Timor and the remarkable relationship between, Kirsty Sword, a young Australian activist, and the incarcerated enigmatic leader of the Timorese resistance in Jakarta, Kay Rala “Xanana” Gusmão. Alias Ruby Blade captures their incredible story and demonstrates the astonishing power of individuals to change the course of history.
HRAFF on Tour in Canberra is proudly supported by Australian National University (ANU).