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HRAFF 2018: Momentary's Top Picks

Must watch films at the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival returns in 2018 with another incredible line-up of inspiring films about people across the world fighting for social justice. Here’s what we’ll be watching at this year’s festival.

A Better Man documents the unlikely reunion of a woman with the ex-boyfriend that abused her as a young adult. 20 years after their separation they arrange to meet and video their conversations. The result is a remarkable and arresting perspective on violence against women.

Continuing on the topic of women’s rights, Jackson is a window into the issues surrounding Mississippi's last remaining abortion clinic. Told through the voices of women on both sides of the debate, it is a stark reminder that the battle for woman’s access to reproductive healthcare in the Western world is still far from over.

Delving into the longest-running conflict in Africa, This Is Congo takes an unfiltered look at the ongoing war through the eyes of the people that survive within it. By following four characters, a whistleblower, a patriotic military commander, a mineral dealer and a displaced tailor, the film offers viewers a visceral account of both the brutality and resilience generated by the conflict.

Since Kevin Rudd’s apology to the Stolen Generations, the number of Indigenous children forcibly removed from their families has almost doubled. After The Apology chronicles the efforts of four grandmothers as they lead a national movement to implore Australia’s government to stop creating another stolen generation.

The Australian Shorts sessions promise to be a showcase of insightful and inspiring narrative and documentary works from local filmmakers. Naming only a few, Nina Buxton’s narrative short MWAH shines a spotlight on the objectification of girls and women, Transcend, a documentary by Otto Ivor, introduces Callan - Melbourne’s queer rebel, and documentary Finding Maawirrangga by Dylan River follows the journey of Aboriginal actor Tom E. Lewis to connect with his past and future.

The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival is in Melbourne from 3 - 17 May, Launceston from 19 - 20 May, and Canberra from 29 May - 5 June.

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