THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 7:00pm
Opening Night Film
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. The Invaders espoused Black Power and, when pushed, did not limit themselves to non-violence. The Invaders uncovers the history and significance of the often- overlooked group, detailing their surprising behind- the-scenes involvement with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the pivotal days leading up to his assassination. Running time: 76 min. Directed by Prichard Smith. Director and cast will be in attendance. Introduced by Wendi Moore-O'Neal. Discussion to follow film.
Sponsored by IATSE local 473. Featured organizations: BYP100, Take ‘em Down Nola, STAND With Dignity, ACLU of Louisiana.
THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 9:00pm Opening Night Party – Free with purchase of opening night ticket or festival pass. 2435 Esplanade Avenue.
Sooner or Later, Somebody's Gonna Fight Back
FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 7:00pm
Sooner or Later, Somebody’s Gonna Fight Back is the first documentary film to chronicle the history and political development of the Louisiana State Chapter of the Black Panther Party. Using rare archival footage, photos, news articles, flyers, personal narratives, and more, this multimedia project explores radical organizing in New Orleans—while examining the untold struggles and experiences of Black Panther members who envisioned a more just New Orleans in the early 1970s. This trailer is a work in progress from 2002, with a full length to come. Running time: 12 minutes. Directed by Brice White and Shana griffin.
Emory Douglas: The Art of the Black Panthers
A portrait of art used as a revolutionary weapon, through the story of Emory Douglas, Minister of Culture for The Black Panther Party. (8 min.)
Featured organization: McKenna Museum of African American Art, Hidden History LLC, Neighborhood Story Project
FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 8:30pm
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. At the heart of MAJOR! is a social justice framework that puts the subjects at the center of their story. MAJOR! was produced in collaboration with Miss Major, the film’s participants, and a transPOC Community Advisory Board to ensure that these stories, which are so often marginalized, exoticized, or played for tragic drama, retain the agency and humanity of those who tell them. Miss Major is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison, a former sex worker, an elder, and a community leader and human rights activist. She is simply “Mama” to many in her community. If history is held within us, embodied in our loves and losses, then Miss Major is a living library, a resource for generations to come to more fully understand the rich heritage of the Queer Rights movement that is so often whitewashed and rendered invisible. Running time: 80 minutes. Directed by Annalise Ophelian. Discussion featuring Director Annalise Ophelian, producer StormMiguel Florez, and staff and members of BreakOUT! and TGIJP (Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project)..
Cosponsored by New Orleans Film Society.
Featured organizations: Breakout!, Black & Pink, New Orleans Film Society.
SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 7:00pm
Despite a tangle of roadblocks and checkpoints, a thriving street car racing scene has emerged in the West Bank. Held at improvised tracks – a vegetable market, an old helicopter pad, a security academy – the races offer a release from the pressures and uncertainties of life under military occupation. 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. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, SPEED SISTERS takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could. Running time: 80 minutes. Directed by Amber Fares. Director will be in attendance. Discussion to follow film.
Featured organizations: New Orleans Video Access Center, New Orleans Palestine Solidarity Committee.
SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 9:00pm
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. At turns provocative, illuminating, hilarious and empowering, their stories lay bare the realities of an often-maligned industry and each one’s complex relationship to their work. Running time: 99 minutes. Directed by David Kornfield. Cast members will be in attendance. Discussion to follow film.
Featured organization: Women With A Vision.
SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 5:00pm
Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back - Screening and Discussion
"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. Israel is the country most famous for this strategy, having initiated it as part of a rebranding campaign has been engaged in for the last decade. In 2012, activists in the Pacific Northwestern region of the US responded to an Israeli Consulate-funded pinkwashing tour featuring Israeli gay and lesbian activists that was coming to the region. Local queer Palestine solidarity activists exposed the "Rainbow Generations" tour as pro-Israel propaganda and got some of the events, including the tour's centerpiece event hosted by the City of Seattle's LGBT Commission, cancelled. A significant backlash ensued involving the Seattle City Council and Seattle's leading LGBT and HIV organizations. Through the inspiring story of these activists' victory, Pinkwashing Exposed explores how pinkwashing works and what local activists are doing to fight back. Running Time: 56 minutes. Directed by Dean Spade. Cast member in attendance.
Post screening discussion with Nada Elia, a Diaspora Palestinian scholar activist who is also featured in the film. A long-time grassroots organizer, Nada Elia has served on the National Steering Collective of INCITE! Women and Trans People of Color Against Violence, where she co-chaired the Anti-Militarism/Anti-Occupation Taskforce. She also served on the Steering Collective of AWSA (Arab Women's Solidarity Association) and currently serves on the Organizing Collective of USACBI, the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.
Featured organization: New Orleans Palestine Solidarity Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace – New Orleans.
SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 7:00pm
Race, Gender, Environment, and Youth: Revolutionary Short Films
ECOHYBRIDITY is a short documentary that explores the ideas of Black dislocation and border-crossing in New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina. Playing with a mix of experimental form and cinema verite, the documentary showcases the response of 15 black feminists to disaster capitalism as they work together to orchestrate public installations and performances that center the memory and future of blackness. Running time: 10 minutes. Directed by Jazz Franklin. Filmmaker and collaborators will be in attendance.
Mossville (work in progress screening)
The residents of a historic African American town take a final stand against the chemical companies that destroyed their community. Running time: 15 min. Directed by Alex Glustrom. Filmmakers will be in attendance.
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. Running time: 20 minutes. Filmmakers: 2-CENT Summer Program: Kayla Jones, Lavirgil Penns, Donnisha Mansfield, Jeriah Butler, Tabrielle LaGrone, Juliean Thomas, Demari Reddick, Kaitlyn Pittman, Toi Henry, Lauryn Andry, Dajonik Bickham, Kiera Dabon, Brandon Ellis, Kayron Crump, Jhamyron Richardson, Marcus Parker, and Alyisha Johnson. Filmmakers will be in attendance.
Sponsored by Junebug Productions. Featured organizations: Advocates for Environmental Human Rights, Gallery of the Streets, 2-Cent, Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability initiative.