Patois 2016

The Invaders

Inspired by militant black leaders like Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael, a new, radicalized generation of civil rights activists made up of young college students, Vietnam vets, musicians, and intellectuals emerged in Memphis in 1967.

THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016-7:00pm


MAJOR! is a documentary film exploring the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.

FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016-8:30pm

Speed Sisters

The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene.
SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2016-7:00pm

Red Umbrella Diaries

Born out of a desire to give voice to a historically marginalized and criminalized workforce, The Red Umbrella Diaries turns the spotlight on seven diverse New Yorkers as they each tell personal stories about their experiences as sex workers.

Saturday, April 16 9:00pm

Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back

"Pinkwashing" is a term activists have coined for when countries engaged in terrible human rights violations promote themselves as "gay friendly" to improve their public image.

SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2016-5:00pm


ECOHYBRIDITY is a short documentary that explores the ideas of Black dislocation and border-crossing in New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina.

SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2016-7:00pm

Our New Orleans

Four shorts written, directed, and produced by high school age youth who participated in 2-Cent Entertainment's 2015 Summer Session documenting, through fictional and non-fictional accounts, their perspective on the city and its progress ten years post-Katrina.

SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2016-7:00pm

About Patois 2016

We are a festival with a mission.

Founded by New Orleans artists and activists, PATOIS: The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival is dedicated to nurturing the city’s human rights community, supporting the work of local organizers and organizations involved in these struggles, and providing a forum for artistic expression of local and international issues.

Founded in 2004, PATOIS has premiered hundreds of powerful social justice oriented films from around the world while highlighting brilliant local filmmakers and the vital local grassroots organization doing work in the city.

In addition to the film festival every spring, PATOIS hosts a variety of community screenings, workshops and fundraising/outreach events leading up to the festival. Because Patois has always prioritized community accountability, we curate our festival in consultation with a range of New Orleans’ grassroots organizations and activists; from veterans of the civil rights movement, to high school students, to advocates, teachers, and organizers.

With your support, we will continue to amplify local voices, raise important issues, and build community.

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