2017 Patois Film Festival

Featured Films

Thursday, April 13 • 7:00PM

The untold story of the racial conditions in the late 1960’s that led to protests on college campuses from SF State to Cornell University.


Friday, April 14 • 9:15PM

On her way to the store with a group of friends, Chrishaun Reed “CeCe” McDonald was brutally attacked. While defending her life, a man was killed.


Friday, April 14 • 7:00PM

Water Warriors is the story of a community’s successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry.


Sunday April 16 • 7:00PM

Soul City tells the story of a group of activists who attempt to build a multiracial utopia in the heart of Klan Country, North Carolina in the 1970s.

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We are a festival with a mission.

Founded in 2004 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.

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.

Film Festival Schedule

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