We are a festival with a mission.

Founded in 2004 by New Orleans artists and activists, PATOIS has premiered hundreds of powerful social justice-oriented films from around the world while highlighting brilliant local filmmakers and vital grassroots organizations. PATOIS is dedicated to nurturing the New Orleans' human rights community, supporting the work of organizers and organizations involved in these struggles, and providing a forum for artistic expression of local and international issues.

In addition to the film festival every spring, PATOIS hosts a variety of community screenings, workshops and organizing events all year.

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2019 PATOIS Film Festival Program