Focus on Human Rights

Once more, Sydney Film Festival engages audiences and inspires discussion about social justice and human rights issues with a program brimming with diverse human stories.

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe

Four traumatised refugees perform in a challenging theatre production about their lives: the film debut of theatre director Ros Horin.

Constance on the Edge

The challenge of settling in a new country is compounded by memories of the past in this poignant documentary, focusing on a gutsy and big-hearted mother of six living in Wagga Wagga.

Fire at Sea

Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at Berlinale 2016, this striking Italian documentary explores the tragic refugee crisis on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa.

In the Shadow of the Hill

The residents of Rio de Janeiro's largest slum seek justice for a local man they believe has been murdered by the police, a documentary debut from Australian Dan Jackson.

A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers

The inspiring story of the Bangladeshi policewomen on peacekeeping, by two-time Oscar-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Geeta Gandbhir.

Lampedusa in Winter

An award-winning documentary filmed on the isolated Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, after the tourists have left, as the refugees in their rickety boats continue to arrive.

Let Them Come

Set during Algeria's ‘black decade', this story of love in troubled times explores the impact of the devastating civil war between government forces and radical Islamists.

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

A music documentary gem from Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville about the legendary cellist and a diverse group of dedicated musicians.

Our Everyday Life

This powerful Bosnian drama, focusing on a middle class Sarajevo family who are drawn together in a time of tragedy, is both culturally specific and entirely universal.

Oyster Factory

An exquisite observational documentary filmed at an oyster factory on the Inland Sea, directed by Kazuhiro Soda (Campaign, SFF 2007), that embodies the changing face of Japan.


In this funny and insightful look at immigration and arranged marriage, a young Filipino woman relocates to a fishing village in Denmark to wed a middle-aged widower.


This year's winner of the world documentary Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance is the story of how a gutsy Afghani refugee's love of rap music changed her life.

Stateless Things

Kim Kyung-mook compares two ways of being ‘stateless' in his devastating vision of South Korean society when an illegal immigrant from North Korea meets a sexual outlaw.

Under the Sun

Shot in North Korea, veteran Vitaly Mansky's award-winning documentary takes an inventive approach to filmmaking; the finished film caused a diplomatic row.