SUMMIT SPEAKERS AND WORKSHOPS
OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Elliot Costello – Co-Founder & CEO, YGAP
SESSION 2: PANEL DISCUSSION
STORY, ART AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Following our Opening Keynote, this panel will be an informal discussion about the power of the arts to honour and to give a place in history for stories, to empower people and to act as healing tool for those who have had or continue to have, their human rights transgressed.
KAFF-EINE AND EMILY CHEESMAN
Kaff-eine and Emily Cheesman are a Melbourne-based creative partnership and collective. They bring together professional artists, photographers, filmmakers and community collaborators, and they craft collaborative visual arts projects to create social change.
The two believe in the power of art to start conversations and make change. They work with communities who are living in exceptional circumstances – invisible, forgotten or marginalized by broader society – and whose stories remain untold. Their art projects invite the sharing of new stories.
Emily and Kaff-eine will be joined by 24-year-old Wiradjuri woman and illustrator, Charlotte Allingham.
Focusing on Indigenous representation and issues in her creative expression, Charlotte Allingham is a 24-year-old Wiradjuri illustrator who intends to showcase the powerful, unshakable drive Indigenous people have in their land and in themselves. Currently living in Melbourne, she plans to keep pushing the boundaries with her art and empower her people.
AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS:
STEP film SCREENING and q&a with TAYLA SOLOMON
Note: Summit pass holders have free entry to this screening.
Tayla Solomon is the team’s deadpan wit, who quips that she is just “a notch down from Beyoncé” in her skills. She is also the only child of a single mother, Maisha Graves, who is dead-set on the idea that her daughter will have opportunities she never had. After completing her graveyard shift as a corrections officer, Maisha rushes directly from work to every step practice, boisterously cheering not just Tayla but every girl on the team.
Following a screening of the feature documentary STEP the audience will have the chance to hear from our special guest, Tayla Solomon about just how much dance and a college education means to her future as a young African American girl in Baltimore.
VR & Game play ROOM
Book your 50 minute session in the VR & Game Play Room and try a series of games and virtual reality experiences that explore human rights from an interactive perspective. Put yourself in the shoes of an immigration officer, a young army officer or a refugee in an offshore processing camp. What choices would you make differently if you had the chance?
FEATURE EXPERIENCE: ASSENT
AN IMMERSIVE AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL DOCUMENTARY BY OSCAR RABY
“In 1973 my father witnessed the execution of a group of prisoners captured by the military regime in Chile, the Army that he was part of. Assent puts the user in my father’s footsteps as we head to the place where that happened.”
VR EXPERIENCE: INSIDE MANUS
Written and Directed by Lucas Taylor. A Hoodlum, Chemical Media and Cutting Edge production for SBS and Screen Queensland. Hidden behind a media blackout, the imprisonment of asylum seekers in offshore detention centres is a foreign concept to most Australians. In this world-first virtual reality project Inside Manus harnesses the immersive power of VR to take the audience behind the razor-wire to meet the people who are being denied their freedom, their rights, and even their identity.
GAMES & VR speaker: LEENA VAN DEVENTER
Leena van Deventer is a game developer, writer and educator from Melbourne, Australia. She has taught interactive storytelling at RMIT and Swinburne Universities and worked in a freelance capacity on several games and apps. She is co-founder and director at WiDGET (Women In Development, Games & Everything Tech), a not-for-profit organisation aimed at helping women game developers and women in IT.
SO, YOU WANT TO BE A YOUTH ACTIVIST?
Are you passionate about human rights but not sure how to get involved? Do you want to create positive change in your community but not sure where to start?
Join us for a discussion with three young women who each use different creative tools and to hear how they made their start in human rights activism and learn some of the ways that you can get involved. Panelists include:
Kylie Wallace – the power, energy and mastermind behind YGAP’s very successful Polished Man Campaign. By the end of this year, PM will have raised $5m through activation of hundreds of thousands of men across 110 different countries.
Charlotte Allingham is a 24-year-old Wiradjuri woman, Charlotte Allingham is an illustrator whose works focus on representation and activism.
Amy Marks is a young filmmaker won the Youth Week competition in 2017 for her film that offers authentic representation of a young person living with a disability.
IN CONVERSATION WITH author, ZANA FRAILLON
Join author Zana Fraillon in conversation with humanitarian activist and youth leader Omar Al Kassab, moderated by Barrister and HRAFF co-founder, Evelyn Tadros, as they explore how storytelling can go a little way to illuminating the experience of asylum seekers and refugees in the hope of creating change.
Zana Fraillon is an the author of 9 books, most recently The Ones That Disappeared and The Bone Sparrow. She studied history at university before training to be a primary school teacher and both these passions influence her approach to writing.
Zana’s unique approach to youth fiction embeds human rights stories within character driven narratives, allowing readers to broaden their awareness in an engaging and personal way.
“(Zana’s) writing is dense and poetic, exquisitely searing but ultimately sparing us from despair with perfectly tuned magic realism, vignettes of human goodness and hope…. Fraillon uses the powerful mode of story as a cry for us to raise our voices for change.” Joy Lawn, The Australian Newspaper
OMAR AL KASSAB
Omar Al Kassab actively participated in protests for freedom, democracy and end to corruption in Syria at the early age of the Arab Spring in 2011. During that time, he was shot, arrested and tortured.
In Australia, he started a new life, resumed his education and is currently studying a Bachelor of Business degree at RMIT University. Omar has become a youth leader in the community, and has been giving talks across Australia inspiring thousands of people. He has received an acknowledgement by the Prime Minister of Australia. He is a Messenger of Peace Award recipient for Asia Pacific and was a semi-finalist for the Victorian Young Achiever Award 2017.
CINESEEDS Movie poster competition:
ROR DA POET AND THOMAS BARICEVIC
As part of the Summit we will be showcasing the five finalists of the CineSeeds Movie Poster Competition. Join us in the comfort of ACMI’s Studio 2 to hear them pitch before the judges announce the overall Winner. A unique opportunity to see the short film Hope City and hear directly from lead actor Ror Da Poet and the films Director Thomas Baricevic.
DIGITAL COLLAGE WORKSHOP
DIGITAL aRTIST XANTHE DOBBIE
Xanthe Dobbie is a Melbourne-based new media artist and curator. Her practice aims to capture the experience of post-internet contemporaneity as reflected through feminism, art history, iconography and queer culture.
Many of her works take the form of large-scale moving collages, which are compositionally-based around 14th and 15th century religious iconography. Combining snippets of sourced footage and found images in hundreds of carefully manipulated layers, she develops animated paintings, which merge contemporary internet and trash culture with loaded historical imagery.
Participants are asked to bring their own Ipad or smart phone for this workshop. A small number of Ipads will be provided. No software required – all tools are free and available online.
IPS WORKSHOP (Interactive problem solving)
UN Youth Joint Cabinet Crisis
When international government emergencies hit, what happens to human rights? After watching a short film, students are given a crisis scenario and work through a diplomatic problem solving process led by UN Youth. UN Youth Australia are one of Australia’s largest youth-led organisations, educating and empowering young Australians to build the peoples’ movement for the United Nations.