October 24, 2016
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PATOIS: This Year's Award-Winning Films!

About the Festival

PATOIS was founded by New Orleans artists and  activists, and we are dedicated to nurturing our city's human rights community.  We work to create accessible spaces at the intersection of art and social justice where communities can join in struggle for human rights in New Orleans and around the world.

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Noun. Pronunciation: \ˈpa-ËŒtwä
1: Any language that is considered nonstandard.  It can refer to pidgins, creoles, dialects, and other forms of native or local speech.
2: Many of the vernacular forms of English spoken in the Caribbean, especially in reference to Jamaican Creole.
3: The language used at the intersection of art and social justice in New Orleans.

Congratulations to this year's award-winning filmmakers!

Audience Choice Award: Best Feature Film

Medicine for Melancholy
Directed by Barry Jenkins
Audience Choice Award: Best Short Film
Robot + Girl
Directed by Erin K. Wilson

Audience Choice Award: Best New Orleans Film
The Untold Story: Slavery in the 20th Century
Directed by Antoinette Harrell and Josh Johnston

Jury Award: Best Feature Film
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe
Directed by Sarah Kunstler and Emily Kunstler

Jury Award: Best Short Film
St. Joe
Directed by Luisa Dantas

Jury Award: Best New Orleans Film
Free Stylaz
Directed by Hasina B. Ashé

Patois Award: Best Feature Film
Independent America: Rising from Ruins
Directed by Hanson Hosein

Patois Award: Best Short Film
I Am Sean Bell: Black Boys Speak
Directed by Stacey Muhammad

The Patois Award celebrates filmmakers who use the medium of film to promote community dialogue about social justice issues.

Rise Up! Award
Some Place Like Home
Directed by Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE)

The Rise Up! Award celebrates filmmakers who use the medium of film to incite audiences to action around social justice issues.

Congratulations and thank you to all of the filmmakers who helped to make this year's festival our best fest yet!

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