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Queer Screen 2020: Right Now’s Top Picks

Welcome to Chechnya Directed by David France It is so dangerous to identify as LGBTQI+ in Chechnya that those willing to take part in David France’s documentary Welcome to Chechnya needed to have their identities digitally altered, through the use of artificial intelligence and visual technologies. The crew also resorted to the use of phones, hidden cameras…

Unsettled: Seeking refuge in America

Originally published here Unsettled: Seeking refuge in America Directed by Tom Shepard Tom Shepard’s internationally award-winning documentary Unsettled: Seeking refuge in America opens with screaming and yelling and it quickly becomes apparent that a crowd are turning violent towards a young gay African male. The sentiment that ‘love is love’ does not ring true in the 70…

For They Know Not What They Do: a review

For they Know Not What They Do Directed by Daniel G. Karslake Following the United States Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality in 2015 there has been a concerted campaign to curtail LGBTQI+ rights, notably under the guise of religious freedom. Daniel Karslake’s film For They Know Not What They Do is an insight into the way…

HRAFF 2019: The Panama Papers Review

Image courtesy of HRAFF The Panama Papers  Directed by Alex Winter We live in a world of collected information. Data is created, collected and maintained in almost all aspects of our daily lives. This data collection continues with government, multinational organisations and other business relying more and more on the ability to transact across global…

Queer Screen 2019: Right Now’s top picks

Rafiki  Directed by Wanuri Kahiu Rafiki, directed by Wanuri Kahiu, has an interesting backstory in that it is the first Kenyan film to make its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, and there was talk of it being submitted as Kenya’s entry for Best Foreign Language film at the 2018 Academy Awards. But in order…

AACTA DOCS FEST | Tales of Loss, Redemption and Forgiveness

Some tales are hidden and wait for the right filmmaker to come along and weave their stories into something that creates such an impression on the audience that they’ll forever carry a part of that story with them. Gabrielle Brady’s ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS, Mathew Sleeth’s GUILTY and Catherine Scott’s BACKTRACK BOYS are stories that will stay in the minds…

This is Congo Right Now’s HRAFF 2018 film picks

One of the most resource rich countries in Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been ravaged by over 20 years of civil instability and its vulnerable people are the ones who suffer the most. In the first five minutes of Daniel McCabe’s This is Congo you are given a frightening glimpse into the sights…

Defiant Lives Review Sydney Film Festival 2017

Sarah Barton’s Defiant Lives details the struggle for disability rights in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. Featuring interviews with key disability activists and supplemented with archival footage, the film provides powerful insight into the treatment of people with disabilities from the 1960s to today. Barton’s film explores the recent shift in conversations…