Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

An African Election
An African Election

The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival brings together a range of extraordinary stories from people and communities across the globe.

This year's festival will showcase an abundance of award-winning films, from Special Flight, a portrait of a group of immigrants detained in Switzerland, to Wrinkles, a heart-warming animation about the friendship between two elderly men.


Thursday 17 May - Sunday 27 May 2012
Full $18 Concession/ACMI Members $14
Closing Night: Full $25 Concession $20
Festival Pass (all sessions*): Full $120 Concession $100
Mini Pass (5 sessions*): Full $60 Concession $50
NB > Passes are not valid for closing nights.

Our School

A story of three Romanian children and the challenges they face integrating into ethnically segregated schools.

At Night, They Dance

This award-winning documentary sheds light on the chaotic world of Egyptian belly dancers working in downtown Cairo.


This animated film portrays the unlikely friendship between two elderly men as one of them develops early stage Alzheimer's.

Ivan and Ivana

A young couple set out to rebuild their life in America after the Kosovo war devastates their homeland.

Prime Time Soap

Told in the style of the Brazilian telenovela, 'Prime Time Soap' offers a new generation's take on Brazil's brutal past.

Buffalo Girls

This documentary provides unique insight into the controversial world of underground child-boxing in Thailand.


A haunting and unforgettable debut from Kashmiri-born actor-turned-director Aamir Bashir.

Beer is Cheaper than Therapy

A poignant documentary offering a voice to veterans lost in the discourse on war.

Five Broken Cameras

Directors Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi offer a first-hand look at six years of protests in the West Bank.

Special Flight

An emotionally charged portrait of the rejected asylum seekers and illegal migrants in the Swiss Frambois detention centre.

Planet Of Snail

An award-winning love story of a blind and deaf man in South Korea, told through touch.


An engrossing story about the evolution of indigenous surfing and the first national surf competition in Papua New Guinea.

International Shorts

From roving projectionists to proclamations of love, this compilation of short films will take you on an enthralling world tour.

Australian Shorts

An eclectic package of local short films spanning everything from animation to documentary.

An African Election

Given unprecedented access from campaign to ballot box, 'An African Election' invites audiences into a frenzied political race.

Fantome Island

The moving tale of Joe Eggmolesse, who was confined to an Indigenous leper colony off the Queensland coast.

The Queen Has No Crown

A portrait of the director's quest to find his place after his three brothers leave Israel for America.

The Island President

The leader of the lowest-lying country in the world, the Maldives President, strives to address climate change to save his nation.

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