Humankind Film Festival is championing connection and social impact through the arts

Humankind Film Festival is championing connection and social impact through the arts

'Dark City Beneath the Beat'

Next month’s digital event aims to connect people through film, food and the fortitude of the human spirit.

Following its inaugural event in May, Humankind Film Festival will return for its second iteration in November to reflect on the past, present and future of the human experience through an exceptional lineup of films and artist performances.

Presented by The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF), the festival has a special focus on raising awareness and support for local social enterprises and organisations.

Encouraging connection and social impact through the arts, the Humankind Film Festival program boasts a spread of high-calibre films each celebrating the human spirit.

Each night of the week-long program focuses on a different human-centred theme which is reflected through the selection of films as well as a pre-screening performance by local artists.

Opening on November 2, the festival begins with a Victorian premiere of Brazen Hussies, a film documenting the bold women who reignited the feminist movement in Australia, and a performance by Madison Griffiths.

Across the following six days, the program will explore themes including ‘History’, ‘Knowledge’ and ‘Expression’ through films such as Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky, 2040, Dark City Beneath The Beat and more.

On the music front, you can expect appearances from the likes of Birds, Rachael Lia, Grace Vanilau, Carly Sheppard and Adolfo Aranjuez.

“Humans have always turned to creatives to make sense of the world, during good and bad times alike. Yet our arts sector has been one of the first to feel the impacts of this turbulent year, facing a range of limitations that have demanded a new level of resilience across the entire sector,” says Human Rights Arts and Film Festival CEO, Imogen Thomas.

“We are so excited to play a small part in celebrating and supporting the enduring strength of the arts, and the connection it has to our extended community of audience members and other not-for-profit organisations,” she says.

As well as championing the human spirit through the arts, Humankind Film Festival also looks to support Melbourne’s produce and hospitality sectors with its Humankind Menu For Impact including social enterprises and for-purpose businesses such as CERES Fair Food, STREAT, Charcoal Lane, Lentil as Anything, Noisy Ritual and more.

Humankind Film Festival is happening from Monday November 2 until Sunday November 8. For tickets, the full program and more information, visit the HFF website