Preparations are on for the sixth edition of the Africa Human Rights Film Festival (AHRFF), which will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, this year.
The three-part film festival will run from 18 October to 20 October in Cape Town at Isivivana Community Centre in Khayelitsha, The Labia Theatre, and the African Climate & Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town.
According to organisers, the festival will feature a traditional opening-night screening at The Labia Theatre, two academic and policy panels with screenings at ACDI, and a three-day community screening at Isivivana Centre.
AHRFF debuted in 2018, with only one human rights film shown monthly, and has since seen tremendous growth. This year, the festival will showcase 30 films from 16 countries across the globe.
Festival co-director Buntu FY Hweshe said they want to present and showcase content and films that citizens rarely see daily.
“This year’s festival will draw a sharp focus on the intersection of climate and human rights in the global south to spark discussions and awareness among frontline communities who suffer human rights violations and the worst impacts of climate change, and what better place to present this, than in a city that holds and played a huge part in the South African history books.”
The festival aims to empower citizens through film, raise awareness, and encourage respect for human rights in marginalised communities, including townships and rural areas.