This year's program acknowledges the multiplicity of our identities and experiences, to follow the pattern of threads that lead us to each other and ourselves.
The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) is a not-for-profit arts organisation dedicated to cultivating a vibrant human rights community, culture and conversation in Australia.
The driving motif of the 2022 HRAFF annual festival is interconnectedness. Highlighting the interwoven nature of our world—between people, ideas, non-human organisms, artworks, and environments—through storytelling. Making space for nuance, depth, and complexity in how we relate to our identities, our physical selves, other people, and the non-human world, HRAFF 2022 is about following the threads that weave our stories together.
Searching or still, always expressive
How bodies are affected, moved, traded, given, designed, attacked. How bodies heal, grow, express, claim, take up space, are depicted and how they feel, how they play. Exploring the breadth, joy and power we can find in these extraordinary vehicles that we inhabit. How do our identities connect us to our bodies?
All that surrounds us, natural, built, and human
A deepening of our connection to the vulnerability, depth, wildness, humility and surrender that this planet inspires. Our physical worlds and how we create and engage with them in connection to ourselves. Land (Rights) (Back) (Scape).
The stories that make and remake us
The stories and generations that echo through us, informing who we are. What does it mean to pay attention to the moment we’re in now and behave as good ancestors for all those who will come after? What do we choose to offer beyond ourselves and how do these offerings make us who we are?
Product of space and time through a virtual eye
The sense of journey, the vast and shifting scale between things, the gaps exposed of who has closer proximity to what is possible and who is left with a longer path to walk. Looking into the experience of being separated, and also what strength and ability occurs when we come together. How much our definitions of space and time have been altered by the technologies that we have access to and use to communicate, thrive and connect.