Human Rights Film Festival

Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

The 2014 Human Rights Arts & Film Festival is screening the Melbourne premiere of No Burqas Behind Bars at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image on Tuesday 13 May, 6:30pm

This film is presented by Amnesty International.

Filmed in the female section of Takhar Prison in Afghanistan, No Burqas Behind Bars closely follows three women, who after fleeing abusive households or arranged marriages, have been jailed for ‘moral crimes’. Sara, Nadjibeh and Sima have been deprived of their freedom, as have their 40 or so fellow inmates, but paradoxically prison becomes a refuge, a place where they can safely express their longings, desires and hopes for the future. Against a harsh landscape of bars and barbed wire, director Nima Sarvestani (I Was Worth 50 Sheep, HRAFF 2011) gains unprecedented access to this hidden world, in which these courageous women learn to live together and make a home for themselves and their children.

To find out more about the Human Rights Film Festival in Melbourne 8 – 22 May 2014, please visit their website. The Human Rights Film Festival comprises Film, Art and Public Forums. This festival will also be visiting Sydney, Canberra, Perth, Alice Springs and Darwin.

What: No Burqas Behind Bars

When: Tuesday 13 May, 6:30pm

Where: Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne

Cost: Full $18 | Conc $16 | Group (6+) $14 (group booking via phone only)

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