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Viewing films where tagged Human Rights
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Accelerator Shorts 1

Accelerator Shorts 1

Short films by emerging filmmakers from Australia participating in the MIFF Accelerator Lab 2021. See the work of tomorrow’s hottest directors today.

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Accelerator Shorts 2

Accelerator Shorts 2

Short films by emerging filmmakers from Australia participating in the MIFF Accelerator Lab 2021. See the work of tomorrow’s hottest directors today.

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Animation Shorts

Animation Shorts

Diverse new animated shorts from around the world and closer to home.
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Australian Shorts

Australian Shorts

Australia’s finest short films.
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Bach-Hông

Bach-Hông

A young Vietnamese-French woman is faced with the communist takeover of Saigon on 30 April 1975.

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Ballad of a White Cow

Ballad of a White Cow

A bereaved single mother does battle with the Iranian justice system in this tense drama.

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Baltasar

Baltasar

An African migrant living in Spain is confronted with the bitter meaning of ‘home’.

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Black Audio Film Collective

Black Audio Film Collective

Spurred by political unrest in Thatcher’s Britain, the Black Audio Film Collective’s experimental cinema challenges form and culture to dismantle stereotype.

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Blind Ambition

Blind Ambition

From Zimbabwe to South Africa and onto France, four refugees with a passion for wine dream big and defy expectations in this feel-good film of Olympic proportions.
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Bodies in Motion

Bodies in Motion

After 18 months and however many lockdowns later, bodies tremble for movement. But there is another performer on stage: the camera.
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Bonanza!

Bonanza!

Commissioned by Chunky Move, this playfully experimental work traverses ritual, body modification and algorithms.

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Captains of Zaatari

Captains of Zaatari

This ode to sport and friendship takes us to the world’s largest Syrian refugee camp, where two soccer-obsessed teens see the game as their way out.

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Dear Comrades!

Dear Comrades!

A Soviet official finds her loyalty to the regime tested when her daughter goes missing in the aftermath of a massacre.

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Documentary Shorts

Documentary Shorts

Short documentaries from around the globe.
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Flee

Flee

This award-winning, stylistically bold documentary tells the story of an Afghan refugee’s coming home – and coming out – via animation and archival footage.

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Freedom Swimmer

Freedom Swimmer

Olivia Martin McGuire parallels a grandfather’s journey to safety during the Cultural Revolution with his granddaughter’s fight for freedom in Hong Kong today.

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Gaza Mon Amour

Gaza Mon Amour

Palestine’s entry for the Best International Feature Film Oscar is an offbeat Gaza-set romance that finds an unlikely hero in an older man determined to live his fullest life.
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Geeta

Geeta

This true story of an acid attack survivor’s fight to alter her daughter’s destiny is an inspiring and heartwarming call-to-action.

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Genus Pan

Genus Pan

Director Lav Diaz

Slow-cinema master Lav Diaz returns with another mordantly meditative piece – one that nabbed him Venice’s Orizzonti Best Director gong.

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Giants

Giants

Director Eddy Bell

MIFF alumnus and Shorts Award winner Eddy Bell returns with an intimate and critical portrait of one of Australia’s worst droughts.

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Handsworth Songs

Handsworth Songs

Archival footage and media portrayal of violent civil disturbances in Birmingham are used to explore a broader picture of the Black experience in postwar Britain.

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Hating Peter Tatchell

Hating Peter Tatchell

Presented by Sir Ian McKellen and co–executive-produced by Elton John, this unflinching portrait reveals a human rights activist at once revered and notorious.

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International Shorts 1

International Shorts 1

Internationally acclaimed and awarded short films from around the globe.
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International Shorts 2

International Shorts 2

Internationally acclaimed and awarded short films from around the globe.
IOPU

IOPU

Moment and memory blend as you bear witness to a Samoan rite of passage.

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The Justice of Bunny King

The Justice of Bunny King

Essie Davis is incandescent as a squeegee-wielding mama bear who won’t stop fighting for those she loves – even if it ruins her own life.

Lagos at Large

Lagos at Large

Weave your way through the bustling streets and idyllic beaches of Lagos.

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Lili Alone

Lili Alone

Director Zou Jing

Produced by Wang Yang and Palme d’Or winner Qiu Yang, Lili Alone is a beautifully mournful story about one woman’s sacrifice.

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Limbo

Limbo

This story of a Syrian refugee awaiting resettlement on a remote Scottish island is at once heart-wrenching and humorous.

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Listen to the Beat of Our Images

Listen to the Beat of Our Images

As humans shoot for the stars, what do we lose along the way?

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Lizard

Lizard

In the 2021 Sundance Short Film Grand Jury Prize winner, a young girl stumbles upon secrets at her local church in Lagos.

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Maat Means Land

Maat Means Land

Director Fox Maxy

Poised at the intersection of activism and art, wunderkind Fox Maxy’s TikTok-esque tapestry documents the injustice and legacy of colonisation.

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Madalena

Madalena

In this Brazilian Gothic cri de coeur, the murder of a trans woman reverberates in the lives of the people around her.

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The Men Who Wait

The Men Who Wait

On a slag heap that once belonged to a coalmine, revellers seek erotic gratification.

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The Monopoly of Violence

The Monopoly of Violence

This timely, intelligent and emotional examination of state-sanctioned violence reveals a disturbingly universal story.

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My Name Is Pauli Murray

My Name Is Pauli Murray

Before Thurgood Marshall, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Rosa Parks, there was Pauli Murray. Remember their name.

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Nafi’s Father

Nafi’s Father

Director Mamadou Dia

Two brothers with diametrically opposed approaches to their faith are pitted against one another in this tense family drama.

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The Ninth Tower

The Ninth Tower

When the Victorian Government locks down his public-housing building, a teenager responsible for his mother’s welfare is pushed to the brink.

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Paper City

Paper City

Three elderly survivors of the 1945 firebombing of Tokyo fight against bureaucracy and indifference to ensure that the event and its victims are not forgotten.

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Pleasure

Pleasure

Göteborg’s Best Feature Film winner fearlessly dissects the contemporary porn industry through the perspective of a young woman determined to be a star.

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Prayers for the Stolen

Prayers for the Stolen

This adaptation of Jennifer Clement’s bestselling novel explores the visceral impact of Mexican drug cartels on the lives of three young girls.

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President

President

This tense and timely docu-thriller, which won a Sundance award for vérité filmmaking, plunges into the chaos of Zimbabwe’s first democratic elections.

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Prom Night

Prom Night

Director Lydia Rui

A Lynchian depiction of self-transformation in the social media age.

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Quo Vadis, Aida?

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Nominated for Best International Feature Film at this year’s Oscars, this extraordinary account of a 1995 Bosnian massacre is powerful, essential viewing.

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Sabaya

Sabaya

This daring Sundance Directing Award winner tracks a band of volunteers out to rescue ISIS sex slaves from an infamous Syrian border camp.

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Step Into the River

Step Into the River

Director Weijia Ma

This DOK Leipzig Silver Dove for Short Documentary and Animated Film winner grapples with China’s one-child policy through a story about two friends.

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This Rain Will Never Stop

This Rain Will Never Stop

Winner of Best First Appearance at IDFA 2020, this formally bold documentary traces a Kurdish-Ukrainian young man’s experiences of an endless cycle of war and peace.

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Those Left Waiting

Those Left Waiting

A screen experience like no other, this is the first ever live documentary filmed by refugees from around the world – edited and scored live on stage.

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Tobacco Ember

Tobacco Ember

Yugantar focuses on female labour rights in Tobacco Ember (Tambaku Chaakila Oob Ali, 1982), which features factory workers in Nipani.

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The Wasteland

The Wasteland

Abbas Kiarostami protégé Ahmad Bahrami’s 2020 Venice Orizzonti Award winner is a dreamlike expedition to a remote Iranian factory.

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Yellow Girl and Me

Yellow Girl and Me

On the cusp of turning 10, a Jamaican girl is about to learn how not to drown.

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Your Street

Your Street

Director Güzin Kar

Winner of Best Short Film at the Swiss Film Awards, this documentary observes the impact of time – and historical trauma – on one commemorative street.

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Yugantar Film Collective

Yugantar Film Collective

Digitally restored in 2019, three pioneering works by the Yugantar Film Collective offer a rare insight into the active women’s movements across 1980s India.