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PATOIS: The New Orleans Human Rights International Film Festival - 2017
The Broad Theater
New Orleans, LA
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PATOIS: The New Orleans Human Rights International Film Festival - 2017
****Ticket Sales online end a few hours before each show, but are still available in person at the box office at The Broad Theater*****

All programs at The Broad Theater 636 N. Broad St, New Orleans.

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Thursday, April 13, 7:00pm  Opening Night Film
Agents of Change  Militant students of color protesting on college campuses in the late 1960s. Documentary, Directed by Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg. 66 minutes.
* Director and special guests present for screening.

Friday, April 14, 7:00pm - Land, Water and Freedom: Short films about resistance.
- From Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City  - The inside, first-hand story of the Flint Water Crisis. Documentary, Directed by Elise Conklin. 25 minutes.
* Filmmaker and activist from Flint present for post-screening discussion.
- Water Warriors - The story of a community - including members of the Mikmaq Elsipogtog First Nation  and their successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry. Documentary, Directed by Michael Premo. 21 minutes.
* Filmmakers present for post-screening discussion.
- Ten Years after Katrina: "Resilience," "Recovery" & REALITY  Produced by the Greater New Orleans Organizers Roundtable, the story of resistance to the post-Katrina conservative recovery agenda. Documentary, Directed by Ada McMahon. 30 minutes.
* Filmmakers and local activists present for post-screening discussion.

Friday, April 14, 9:15pm  Free CeCe!
- The Personal Things  Black trans elder and legendary activist Miss Major Griffin-Gracy describes how everyday personal acts fuel her political activism. Animation, Directed by Reina Gossett. 3 minutes.
- Free CeCe!  - On her way to the store with a group of friends, CeCe McDonald was brutally attacked. While defending her life, a man was killed. What are the roles race, class and gender played in this case? Documentary, Directed by Jacqueline Gares. 100 minutes.
* Cece McDonald and filmmaker Jacqueline Gares present for screening.

Saturday, April 15, 4:00pm  Dear Mandela/To Be Free
- To Be Free  In a tiny after-hours club, Nina Simone finds a way, for one moment, to be free. Drama, Directed by and starring Adepero Oduye. 12 minutes.
- Dear Mandela  When the South African government promises to 'eradicate the slums,' three friends who live in Durban's vast shantytowns refuse to be moved. Documentary, Directed by Dara Kell & Christopher Nizza. 90 minutes.
* Post screening discussion with local housing justice organizers.

Saturday, April 15, 6:30pm  Whose Streets?
 - I Just Draw Pictures   A portrait of Jo Hines, the Baton Rouge artist who painted the mural at Triple S Food Store where Alton Sterling was killed by police officers. Documentary, Directed by Jillian Hall. 6 Minutes.
* Filmmaker present for screening.
- Off The Sidewalks, Into the Streets   Highlights those involved in the protests last summer in Baton Rouge and asks that their motives not be forgotten. Documentary, Directed by Zandashé  Brown and Ryan Clarke. 6 minutes.
* Filmmaker present for screening.
- Whose Streets?  An unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising, told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice. Documentary, Directed by Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis. 103 Minutes.
* Activists from Ferguson featured in film present for post-film discussion, along with local organizers.

Saturday, April 15, 9:30pm  All Governments Lie
All Governments Lie  Independent journalists Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald, Amy Goodman and Sharif Abdel Kouddous expose government lies and corporate deception. Documentary, Directed by Fred Peabody. 90 minutes.

Sunday, April 16, 5:00pm  When I Saw You
When I Saw You  In 1967, a young Palestinian refugee runs away and finds a training camp for Palestinian freedom fighters. Drama, Directed by Annemarie Jacir. 100 Minutes.

Sunday, April 16, 7:00pm  Fighting for Home: Short Films About Housing
- Soul City   A group of civil rights activists attempt to build a multiracial utopia in the heart of Klan Country, North Carolina in the 1970s. Documentary, Directed by Monica Berra, SheRea DelSol, and Gini Richards. 21 minutes.
* Filmmakers present for post-screening discussion.
- Arc of Justice  Traces the inspiring journey of New Communities Inc. and the struggle for racial and economic justice among African Americans in southwest Georgia. Formed in 1969 during the Civil Rights movement, New Communities persevered as the largest Black-owned farm in the country despite relentless opposition. Documentary, Directed by Helen S. Cohen and Mark Lipman. 22 minutes.
- Flooded with You - The inspiring, strong family bond of the Davis family whose homes were flooded and who now live all together in one small apartment. Documentary, Directed by Evan Kidd. 8 minutes.
* Filmmaker present at screening.


The Broad Theater (View)
636 N. Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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