PATOIS Film Festival

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:30pm to Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 11:00pm
PATOIS 2019 The Fifteenth Annual New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival March 21-24, 2019 All films at The Broad Theater 636 N. Broad St, New Orleans ABOUT PATOIS: Founded in 2004 by artists and activists in New Orleans, 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 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 in spring, PATOIS hosts a variety of community screenings, workshops and organizing events through the year. Thursday, March 21, 6:30pm – Opening Night Film The Infiltrators – Undocumented youth - DREAMers - deliberately get detained by Border Patrol in order to infiltrate a shadowy, for-profit detention center. Documentary. Directed by Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera. 93 minutes. * Directors and guests from New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice present for screening. Friday, March 22, 6:30pm - Prisons & Capitalism What Is Democracy? - Spanning millennia and continents, from capitalism’s roots to racism and class warfare in the United States. Featuring Cornel West, Angela Davis, Silvia Federici, Aja Monet, and more. Documentary. Directed by Astra Taylor. 107 minutes. Post-screening discussion moderated by Amina Desselle featuring Norris Henderson and Checo Yancy of Voice Of The Experienced. Friday, March 22, 9:15pm – Borders & Spying - After/Life – In an Arizona desert, a dystopic collective nightmare unfolds where US domestic and foreign policies collide. Experimental. Directed by Puck Lo. 15 minutes. - The Feeling of Being Watched –- A journalist investigates rumors of surveillance in her Arab-American neighborhood in Chicago and uncovers one of the largest FBI terrorism probes conducted before 9/11 and reveals its enduring impact on the community. Documentary. Directed by Assia Boundaoui. 87 minutes. After/Life Director Puck Lo, The Feeling of Being Watched Co-Executive Producer Christina Abraham, and New Orleans Muslim community organizer Jenny Yanez present for post-screening discussion. Saturday, March 23, 12:00pm – Palestine - The Crossing – A brother and sister arrive at a checkpoint, seeking to visit their grandfather. Drama. Directed by Ameen Nayfeh. 11 minutes. - What Walaa Wants – Raised in a West Bank refugee camp while her mother was in prison, Walaa is determined to join the Palestinian Security Forces. Documentary. Directed by Christy Garland. 89 minutes. Saturday, March 23, 2:15pm – Police Crime+Punishment – Black and Latino whistleblower cops reveal racism in the New York City Police Department. Documentary. Directed by Stephen Maing. 112 minutes. Post-screening discussion featuring Jee Park, Executive Director of Innocence Project New Orleans, and Greg Bright, exonerated after 27 years in prison. Saturday, March 23, 5:00pm – New African Cinema I Am Not A Witch – A satiric feminist fairy-tale set in present-day Zambia. Fiction. Directed by Rungano Nyoni. 93 minutes. Saturday, March 23, 7:00pm – New Queer Stories - Happy Birthday Marsha - Iconic transgender artist and activist Marsha "Pay it No Mind" Johnson and her life in the hours before she ignited the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. Fiction. Directed by Tourmaline and Sasha Wortzel. 15 minutes. - New Deep South: House of Jxn - Queer and gender non-conforming people in Jackson, Mississippi come together to offer each other support, protection, and love in one of the most dangerous cities in the country. Documentary. Directed by Ro Haber. (9 minutes) - Goddess House - A courtesan is summoned to rouse a queen from her languor in this affirmative vision of consensual sex work. Fiction. Directed by Marion Hill. 6 minutes. - Lucid Noon, Sunset Blush - A basement full of queer femme dominatrix, lovers and misfits, beautiful, carefree and as young as the night. Fiction. Directed by Alli Logout. 32 minutes. - Tale of a Pretty Black Ass - What being constantly fetishized as a black sex worker does to your brain.Memoir. Directed by Juicebox Burton. 9 minutes. *This program features sexually explicit scenes and situations. May not be suitable for young audiences. Post-screening discussion with filmmakers and participants from the films, including Marion Hill, Juicebox Burton, Alli Logout, and more. Sunday, March 24, 12:30pm – Encore Screening Watch the schedule for this added encore screening. Sunday, March 24, 2:30pm – International Liberation Mr. Gay Syria - Two gay Syrian refugees try to join Mr. Gay World, an international beauty contest. Documentary. Directed by Ayse Toprak. 84 Minutes. Sunday, March 24, 4:30pm – PATOIS Retrospective Touki Bouki - The fractured efforts of two lovers to leave Dakar for the glamour and comforts of Paris. A 1973 classic of African Cinema. Fiction. Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty. 84 Minutes. *This program contains a scene of violence and animal cruelty. Post-screening discussion with writer Kristina Kay Robinson and artist kai lumumba barrow. Sunday, March 24, 7:00pm – Closing Night Film Betty – They Say I’m Different - A profile of explosive 1970’s funk pioneer Betty Davis, who changed the landscape of music for female artists in America. Documentary. Directed by Philip Cox. 52 minutes. Post-screening conversation moderated between historian and researcher Melissa A. Weber, aka DJ Soul Sister, with ethnomusicology scholar Danielle Maggio, an associate producer of the film. All films at The Broad Theater 636 N. Broad St, New Orleans Tickets: $10, or $6 with PATOIS Membership. Festival Pass: $50, or $40 with PATOIS membership. Instagram @patoisfilmfest


PATOIS Film Fest 2019 starts March 21.

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