Thursday 23 March 2017
CONTENTIOUS DOCUMENTARY ‘THE OPPOSITION’ TO OPEN 2017 HUMAN RIGHTS ARTS & FILM FESTIVAL
DIRECTOR HOLLIE FIFER AND PROTAGONIST JOE MOSES IN ATTENDANCE
The 10th Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) is thrilled to announce its Opening Night event – The Australian premiere of Hollie Fifer’s maligned documentary The Opposition. The film will screen in Melbourne on Thursday 4 May and go on to screen in Canberra and Brisbane.
Steeped in legal disputes designed to block its release, The Opposition details the struggle of 3,000 residents of the Paga Hill community in Papua New Guinea, who watched helplessly as police bulldozed their homes to make way for a luxury resort. Two community leaders rose to help, but were driven down different paths when faced with a choice – keep fighting for justice or join the enemy.
This gripping documentary is Australian director Hollie Fifer’s debut feature. It grapples with a subject so inflammatory that it prompted one subject to file an injunction against the film’s release.
“Some stories pick you. This was one of those. On my second day in Papua New Guinea I found myself in the middle of a human rights abuse standing between the police holding machetes and machine guns and the Paga Hill community watching their homes being destroyed fearing for their lives. I’m so honoured this film will open the 10th Anniversary of Australia’s leading human rights festival in Melbourne,” says Fifer.
“We are absolutely delighted to be holding the Australian Premiere of The Opposition to open our milestone 10th Anniversary festival. We’re so proud to be supporting emerging Australian filmmaking talent and this impressive feature film debut from director Hollie Fifer is not to be missed,’ says the Festival’s Program Director, Lauren Valmadre.
The Opposition screens Thursday 4 May 6.30pm at ACMI Cinemas in Melbourne with an introduction by director Hollie Fifer and protagonist Joe Moses. Opening Night celebrations continue downstairs in ACMI’s Lightwell with entertainment by musicians Onur and Emral from Festival event Key of Sea (Sat 13 May at Footscray Community Arts Centre).
The Opposition also screens in Canberra on 29 May in Palace Electric and Brisbane on 1 June at Palace Barracks.
HRAFF’s Opening Night is proudly presented by Bank Australia.
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