Marilene and Roberta in a still from Unlivebale (Inabitavel)
Marilene and Roberta in a still from Unlivebale (Inabitavel)
Unlivable (2020)

HRAFF presents

Feminist Shorts

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23–29 Apr 2021

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6 short films encapsulating a range of voices and stories. This program celebrates the victories, exposes the struggles and highlights the everyday trivialities of women and gender-non-conforming people.


Alice Seabright | UK | 2019 | English | 15 mins | Narrative | Australian premiere

Jaq wants to have sex. But her Endometriosis is out to sabotage her with chronic pain and unpredictable bleeding – at the very worst time.

Unliveable [Inabitável]

Matheus Farias, Enock Carvalho / Brazil / 2020 / Portuguese / 19 / Narrative / Australian Premiere

The world experiences a phenomenon never seen before. Marilene searches for her daughter Roberta, a trans woman who went missing. While running out of time, she discovers a hope for the future.

Mothers Of

Ross Lai | Canada | 2019 | English, Spanish | 19 mins | Documentary | Australian premiere

The unconscionable story of Teodora del Carmen Vasquez, who suffers a stillbirth at full term and is cruelly sentenced to an 11-year jail sentence in El Salvador under some of the harshest anti-abortion laws in the world.


Hazel McKibbin | USA | 2020 | English | 10 mins | Narrative | Australian premiere

A young woman grapples with the aftermath of reporting sexual harassment in the workplace in this 2021 Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee.

A Fool God

Hiwot Admasu Getaneh | France | 2019 | Amharic | 18 mins | Narrative | Australian premiere

When young Mesi steps in for her squeamish brother to perform a traditional — male-only — ritual, she faces blame for the negative outcome. Instead, she defiantly questions the wisdom of her elders’ beliefs, in Hiwot Admasu Getaneh’s magical realist and gently irreverent drama.

Many Bloodlines [êmîcêtôcêt]

Theola Ross | Canada | 2020 | English | 11 mins | Documentary | Australian premiere

A Cree filmmaker and her white partner document their pregnancy and journey to parenthood. From the search for an Indigenous donor and midwife to their concerns about raising a child as an interracial queer couple, the joy of having a child together gives them the courage to overcome any obstacle.

Format: DCP
Runtime: 90 mins

Event duration

90 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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