2017 Patois Film Festival

Featured Films

Opening Night

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.


Land, Water and Resistance

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.


Free CeCe!

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.


Dear Mandela / To Be Free

Saturday April 14 • 4:00PM

Inspiring, devastating and funny, this South African film offers a new perspective on the role that young people can play in political change.


Whose Streets?

Saturday, April 15 • 6:30PM

Join us for three portraits of organizing, protests and bravery against state violence and injustice.


All Governments Lie

Saturday, April 15 • 9:30PM

Explore pivotal moments in history when investigative journalists uncovered facts that contradicted official government statements.


When I Saw You

Sunday, April 16 • 5:00PM

In 1967 Jordan, a different kind of change is underway as tens of thousands of refugees pour across the border from Palestine.


Visions of Housing Justice

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 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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