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New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival Begins Thursday

The Seventh Annual New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival 
March 11 - March 21, 2010

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.

Click here to read more!

Film Descriptions
Special Programs
Live Music
Buy Festival Passes 
Film Trailers


Gris Gris Lab
2247 Brainard Street


508 Frenchman Street

McKenna Museum of African American Art

2003 Carondelet Street

New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)
1 Collins Diboll Circle (In City Park)

Warren Easton Senior High School

3019 Canal Street

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center
1618 O. C. Haley Blvd
Ticket Prices

All programs and events are $8 and day passes are $10.  

Saturday March 20, HAITI IS HOME: WE ARE HAITI: Free, donations of cash and needed items will go to Haitian relief

Sunday, March 21, 12pm: Race Peace Workshop: Free 

Sunday, March 21, 7pm: In Our Own Image: Sex Workers Speak: Free, Donations will go to Women with a Vision

Buy a festival pass and get free admission to all festival events, including parties and performances.
Benefits at PATOIS

Thursday, March 11, 8pm
Patois pour Haiti: Songs of Solidarity
Featuring Luther Gray and Bamboula 2000, E-PROPS, Truth Universal, BzyBee, Slangston Hughes and Blaze: The Verbal Chemist,  and DJ EF Cuttin on the 1s and 2s.  Every dollar that comes in goes directly to Partners in Health

Friday, March 12, 7pm
Warren Easton Senior High
Opening Night: Freedom Riders
Film screening and discussion with local civil rights movement veterans
Benefit for Junebug Productions, progeny of the Free Southern Theater

Saturday, March 13, 2pm
Warren Easton Senior High
Teach in: Haiti: Revolution, Reconstruction, Restitution,featuring Bill Quigley, Valery Jean, and Max Rameau 
Benefit to support  Positive Plateforme Haïtienne de Plaidoyer pour un Développement Alternatif (PAPDA).

Saturday, March 20, 6pm
Warren Easton Senior High
HAITI IS HOME: WE ARE HAITI, an evening of story, music, and dance with Fyre Youth Squad. Free event,but all donations go to support partner organizations in Haiti!

Saturday, March 20, 11pm
McKenna Museum of African American Art
(Re)Moved and (Re)Claimed AFTERPARTY with DJ Dynamite DaveSoul!
Benefit for the Ciné Institute and Moving Stories Performance Productions

Sunday, March 21, 7pm
In Our Own Image: Sex Workers Speak
Free Event, but donations benefit Women with a Vision!


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. 

THIS THURSDAY kicks off Eleven days, two World Premieres, Two Academy Award Nominees, and Dynamic and Powerful Performances, Workshops, and Fundraisers

Patois' Seventh Annual Festival boasts an exciting lineup of award-winning films and performers, dynamic special guests and featured programs, and an array of opportunities to share knowledge, wisdom, art, and inspiration as a community.


We're proud to kick off this year's festival with a March 11th benefit concert for Partners in Healthin Haiti.  The unstoppable lineup includes Luther Gray and Bamboula 2000, E-PROPS, I'voire Spectacle Dance CrewTruth UniversalBzy Bee, Skipp Coon, Slangston Hughes andBlaze: The Verbal Chemist,  and DJ EF Cuttinon the 1s and 2s.  The show starts at 8pm, $8 at the door.  Every dollar that comes in goes directly to Partners in Health

Don't miss Patois' OFFICIAL Opening Night, Friday, March 12, 7pm, at Warren Easton Senior High.  Patois is teaming up with Junebug Productions to screen Freedom Riders, the critically acclaimed new documentary, followed up a panel of Civil Rights Movement veterans and former CORE and Free Summer Theatermembers, including Dodie Smith-Simmons,Matt "Flukie" SuarezFrozine Thomas, andChakula cha Jua.  The panel will be moderated by Wendi O'Neal.  This event is a benefit for Junebug Productions, progeny of the Free Southern Theater.

Solidarity through knowledge-sharing and community-building: Join us for Haiti: Revolution, Reconstruction, Restitution, a dynamic teach-in featuring Bill Quigley, Max Rameau, and Valery Jean, on Saturday, March 13, at 2pm at Warren Easton Senior High.

Patois is thrilled to present a dynamic evening of poetry and music with Tony Award-winning Def Jam poet Suheir Hammad, Def Jam poet Sunni PattersonKalamu ya Salaam, and Michaela Harrison on Saturday, March 13, 7pm at Warren Easton Senior High.

Join us for Fighting for Home: Housing Struggles Across the U.S., featuring dynamic films from the National and Economic & Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) and Housing is a Human Right, and a powerful panel of housing activists from Miami's Take Back the Land, Brooklyn's Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE), and New Orleans' own Mayday NOLA; Sunday, March 14, 4pm, at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center.


Then stick around for the New Orleans Premiere of the Academy Award-nominated documentaryThe Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, Sunday, March 14, 7pm, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center. Co-presented by the ACLU of Louisiana.

On Tuesday, March 16, Patois is proud to present the New Orleans premiere of the Academy Award-nominated film Burma VJ, a groundbreaking documentary about mediamakers risking their lives to report on Burma's police state.  7pm, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center.

Join Tony Award-winning Def Jam poet Suheir Hammad for the New Orleans premiere of Salt of this Sea, the beautiful story of two Palestinians who steal a taste of freedom in their own land. Friday, March 19, 7pm, at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center.

Don't miss Fyre Youth Squad's HAITI IS HOME: WE ARE HAITI, a powerful evening of story, music, and dance that explores New Orleans' myriad historical and cultural connections to Haiti. Saturday, March 20, 6pm, Warren Easton Senior High School.

Join the talented artists at Moving Stories Performance Productions for a dynamic evening of performance at Women & Power: (Re)Moved and (Re)Claimed, Saturday, March 20, 10pm, McKenna Museum of African American Art.

Catch the World Premiereof Operation Small Axe at the exciting program State Violence and Community Response, and join activists fromOakland, CA and New Orleans in a discussion of violent and nonviolent responses to state violence in our communities.  Sunday, March 20, 4pm, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center.

You can learn more about this year's programs on Patois' website. We have full descriptions of all the films, performances and events, short video previews of festival films, schedule and venue information, and more. You can also buy festival passes and membership on our site. Festival passes get you free admission to all parties and films, including our Patois pour Haiti concert. Please support the festival, and buy passes and membership for yourself and friends. With your help, we will continue to be a resource for community and social justice in New Orleans.


Film Descriptions
Live Music
Special Programs
Buy Festival Passes and Membership
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