Thinking global

The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) returns to ACMI for its second year on Thursday 17 May, bringing with it an impressive program of films highlighting many of today’s global issues.

The festival aims to spark debate and dialogue, giving audiences the opportunity to engage with extraordinary stories from communities, artists and filmmakers across the globe.

Not sure where to start? We take a look at three of the films screening this year.

Buffalo Girls

Buffalo Girls

Buffalo Girls is a documentary focused on the underground world of child-boxing in Thailand. Shot over a three-year period, Todd Kellstein’s film follows the lives of Stam and Pet, two eight-year-old girls who fight to help keep their families out of poverty. The film, screening on Monday 21 May at 6.30pm, is a revealing look at the concept of “girl power” that questions whether the controversial competition brings empowerment or exploitation to the estimated 30,000 children involved. Buffalo Girls is followed by a Q&A with Director, Todd Kellstein. Watch the trailer on Vimeo.

Five Broken Cameras documents the ongoing conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis in the West Bank region. The film focuses in particular on the ongoing protest surrounding the construction of a separation wall built by Israeli authorities in 2005. Emad Burnat, a Palestinian, recorded the conflict over six years using five hand-held cameras. The result is an intimate account of personal protest, where peaceful resistance is pushed to the limit. Five Broken Cameras screens on Tuesday 21 May at 8.30pm. Watch the trailer on YouTube.

To close the festival, HRAFF has pulled out the big guns in the climate change debate. The Island President is a political documentary following the former president of the Maldives, Mohammed Nasheed, and his campaign to save the country’s 200 islands from extinction.

Post screening, Mohammed will join audiences via a live video conference, answering questions about both the film and the competing dynamics involved in international climate change policy.  The Island President screens on Sunday 27 May at 6.30pm.

Joanne O’Hara, Events Coordinator, ACMI

The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival screens at ACMI from Thursday 17 May until Sunday 27 May 2012.

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