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THE HUMAN RIGHTS ARTS & FILM FESTIVAL

THE HUMAN RIGHTS ARTS & FILM FESTIVAL

LAUNCHES FULL PROGRAM

 FESTIVAL OPENS WITH PAUL SIMON DOCO UNDER THE AFRICAN SKIES

15 – 27 May 2012

MELBOURNE, 16 April 2012 – The fifth Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF) will open on Tuesday 15 May with the highly anticipated documentary Under African Skies by award winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger.

Twenty-five years have passed since Paul Simon broke a UN cultural ban and entered South Africa to make the album Graceland. The album would go on to be a global phenomenon, salvaging his career while also polarising audiences. To mark this anniversary, Simon returns to South Africa to reunite with the Graceland musicians, and clear the air with his greatest critic, Artists Against Apartheid founder Dali Tambo. Under African Skies pays homage to this time.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012, 6:30 pm
The Forum Theatre

Opening Night After Party at ACMI, The Cube following screening. Includes drinks, food and music by JABULA!

Joe Berlinger / USA / 2012 / Doc. / 102 min
Sundance Film Festival, 2012
SXSW, 2012

Thanks to Intrepid Travel everyone that purchases a ticket to Opening Night will go in to the running for a $5000 Asian holiday. Winner to be announced on the night.

Twenty-five years have passed since Paul Simon broke a UN cultural ban and entered South Africa to make the album Graceland. The album would go on to be a global phenomenon, salvaging his career while also polarising audiences.  To mark this anniversary, Simon returns to South Africa to reunite with the Graceland musicians, and clear the air with his greatest critic, Artists Against Apartheid founder Dali Tambo. Under African Skies pays homage to Simon’s genius whilst exposing his fragile naiveté. Raising pertinent questions about the role of art in politics and the complex power relations between those who are free and those who are not, the film attempts to answer the enduring question, was Graceland a blessing or a curse for the anti-apartheid movement?  From the director of Metallica: Some Kind of Monster and with an all star-cast, HRAFF is proud to present Under African Skies.

HRAFF Director Matthew Benetti said, “Fusing creative expression with human rights content through our program of films, art, music and forums, we hope to inform, fascinate and initiate debate. This year’s film program offers some incredible stories, including a president fighting for his nation’s existence and a legendary musician’s personal confrontation with his questionable past.”

ADELAIDE
Tuesday, 29 May 2012, 7:00 pm
Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett Street  Adelaide SA 5000, (08)8410 0979

ALICE SPRINGS
Friday, 8 June 2012, 7:00 pm
Pop Cinema – Olive Pink Botanical Gardens

For more visit hraff.org

 

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