human rights film 2015

What: I WILL NOT BE SILENCED Australian Charlotte Campbell Stephen was attacked and raped by a gang of men while living in Kenya in 2006. Spurred on by comments from one of her lawyers that “no one wins rape cases in Kenya”, she decides to take her rapists to court. This was to be the beginning of seven years of struggling through the frustrating labyrinth of Kenya’s legal system. Undaunted, Charlotte ploughs on, becoming involved in advocacy groups and bringing hope to Nairobi’s many rape victims, in a story of justice, indomitable spirit and female solidarity.

Judy Rymer / Australia / 2014 / 84 mins / English and Swahili with English subtitles / Documentary

When: Thurs 7 May, 6.30pm

Where:  Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Post-film Q&A Join Judy Rymer and protagonist Charlotte Campbell Stephen for a discussion on this inspiring and disturbing film. Moderated by Santilla Chingaipe.

HR 15

What: THE HUMANITARIANS Lacking the agency to structure their daily existence, the two disabled protagonists Sven and Jochen both struggle in their search for sexual and emotional fulfilment. Jochen’s sister’s stifling protection includes confiscating his porn, and Sven’s desire for sexual freedom is facilitated with prostitutes. This bold film offers a unique perspective of our endless search for love and fulfilment.

When: Sun 10 May, 3:30pm

Where: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Maximilian Haslberger / Germany / 2014 / 98 mins / German with English subtitles / Documentary

Post-film Q&A  This film will be followed by a Q&A with director Maximilian Haslberger via Skype. Moderated by Sarah Abo.

BREAKFAST SESSION – DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  Rosie Batty, this year’s Australian of the Year, has given powerful, national voice to the domestic violence that lurks within our community. Join the panel discussion to take a closer all-inclusive look at domestic violence: violence which affects one in three Australian women. Support the push to lift the lid on domestic violence and offer some fresh and intimate perspectives.
When: Sat 9 May, 10:00am – 11:00am Breakfast will be available.

Where: Visit:

HR 115

JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY  Abundance is the success story of the human species, but how much food do we actually waste? Canadian food lovers, Jen and Grant, dumpster-dive head first into the issue of consumption and wastage, by surviving solely on food waste for six months. Deliciously entertaining and deeply shocking, the film examines the way we grow, cultivate and purchase our food, and how the food we throw away is having a devastating effect on the earth. In a nation where one in ten people is food insecure, Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story, reminds us that the revolution starts at home. Grant Baldwin / Canada, UK and USA / 2014 / 73 mins / English / Documentary This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 15 years. People under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

When: Tue 12 May, 6:00pm 

Where:  Australian Centere for the Moving Image
Post-film panel This panel will examine both the extent of food waste and the devastating consequences it has on millions of people across the world. We will also look at possible solutions and how we might change our daily habits to provide a more sustainable outcome. Panellists include Dianne McGrath and Isabelle De Solier. Moderated by Sarah Abo.

HR 215

BAZM R HAZARAGI  BAZm e Hazaragi shines light onto Melbourne’s Hazara community and the beauty and wealth of their culture. Australia has the largest Hazara community of any western country, with an estimated 12,000 Hazara people residing in Melbourne’s Southeast. Many have had to flee Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan, after enduring centuries of persecution and denial of basic civil rights. In June 2014, Melbourne held the first Omagh Celebration with over 2,000 people in attendance. In the lead up to the celebrations, professional artists within the community staged workshops in poetry, music, dance and theatre to preserve and reacquaint the Diaspora with their culture.

The workshops were documented by filmmakers Steve Warne, Robyn Hughan and photojournalist Barat Ali Batoor and tell a poetic story of the rediscovery of a culture and language. They will be screened alongside live music by acclaimed Hazara musician Taqi Khan, poetry performances and a panel discussion with community members and filmmakers.

When: Sat 16 May, 3:00pm

Where: Australian Centre for the Moving Image

HR 315

OF MEN AND WAR The consuming horror of post-traumatic stress disorder confronts audiences in this documentary following a group of combat vets. Returned from war, their memories of the battlefield haunt their everyday lives, affecting their relationships with wives, children, parents and friends. In many cases, after hitting rock bottom, the subjects find themselves at The Pathway Homes, a pioneering PTSD centre. Here they attempt to confront their trauma, begin their debilitating path to recovery, and ultimately attempt to rebuild their lives.

When: Tue 19 May, 7:45pm

Where: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Laurent Bécue-Renard France, Switzerland and USA / 2014 / 142 mins / English / Documentary This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 18 years.

Best Feature-Length Documentary IDFA 2014, Cannes 2014


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