> From March 4 through 20, the New Orleans
> International Human Rights Film Festival will bring
> a broad array of thought provoking and artistically
> stunning new films. This historic event will mark
> perhaps the first time a festival with this broad
> scope, diverse content and human rights focus has
> played in New Orleans.
> The festival will cover a wide range of styles and
> topics, from prisons in California to the UN in
> Rwanda; Americans in North Korea; children in
> Angola; hip-hop artists in Gaza, and a Mardi Gras
> bead factory in China. Local human rights
> organizations such as Families and Friends of
> Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children, American-Arab
> Anti-discrimination Committee and ACLU of Louisiana
> will also introduce selected films.
> In addition, at least seven directors will be
> present to introduce their films and answer
> The festival will host an OPENING NIGHT GALA on
> Friday, March 4, from 8:00pm-11:00PM at the BIG TOP,
> 1638 Clio Street. Admission is only $5.
> FESTIVAL PASSES, which allow free admission to the
> entire festival, can be purchased for $40 for one
> pass, or $60 for a DOUBLE PASS, good for two people.
> Among the highlights of this festival of exclusive
> New Orleans premieres are:
> FOUR MONTHS AND TEN DAYS: A Journey Through
> *World Premiere Screening*
> Directed by New Orleans-based designer and filmmaker
> Rebecca Rapp, this film documents her stunning and
> powerful experience of living for four months in a
> Palestinian refugee camp during 2004, as part of the
> New Orleans Human Rights Delegation. DIRECTOR
> REBECCA RAPP WILL BE PRESENT TO INTRODUCE HER FILM.
> MARDI GRAS: MADE IN CHINA
> A story of globalization told through humor, hope,
> and violence. From a bead manufacturer in China to
> Carnival revelers in New Orleans.
> Maangamizi is the unseen force which binds two
> women, an African American physician and her African
> patient in a tense and psychological relationship.
> Filmed on 35mm in East Africa and featuring a
> hypnotic score by Grammy Award winner Cyril Neville.
> NO! Explores the intra-racial rape of Black women
> and girls in the United States. *Presented as part
> of the INCITE Women of Color Against Violence Film
> and Arts Festival* DIRECTOR AISHA SHAHIDAH SIMMONS
> WILL BE PRESENT TO INTRODUCE HER FILM.
> PERSONS OF INTEREST *Cosponsored by ACLU Foundation
> of Louisiana*
> A film that gives voice to the human cost of the
> U.S. government's war on terror.
> SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL: THE JOURNEY OF ROMEO
> DALLAIRE *Cosponsored by Ashe Cultural Arts Center*
> In 1994, approximately eight hundred thousand people
> were slaughtered in Rwanda. This film is a study of
> the UN's role in one of the most horrifying
> slaughters in recent memory, but it also a portrait
> of heroism. This is the second US Screening of this
> 2005 Sundance award-winning film.
> SYSTEM FAILURE: Violence, Abuse, and Neglect in the
> California Youth Authority
> This video exposes the horrific conditions and human
> rights violations endemic of the California Youth
> Authority, one of the largest youth correctional
> agencies in the United States. 2004. *Presented as
> part of the INCITE Women of Color Against Violence
> Film and Arts Festival* DIRECTOR RENEE BYRD WILL
> BE PRESENT TO INTRODUCE HER FILM.
> ALIVE IN LIMBO
> In 1993, the filmmakers met five kids in Lebanon,
> four Palestinian refugees and one Lebanese boy. In
> 1999, 2000 and 2002, the filmmakers searched for
> these same youth as they were entering adulthood.
> The film is a collaboration by three filmmakers, the
> Icelandic Hrabba Gunnarsdottir, Tina Naccache from
> Lebanon and Erica Marcus, an American Jew.
> DIRECTOR ERICA MARCUS WILL BE PRESENT TO INTRODUCE
> HER FILM.
> THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD IN MEXICO
> The beginning of a project to build an international
> dialogue among those of African descent in the
> Americas. Directed by New Orleans activist and
> organizer Curtis Muhammad. DIRECTOR CURTIS MUHAMMAD
> WILL BE PRESENT TO INTRODUCE HIS FILM.
> TERRA NULLIUS
> A short film about gentrification in New Orleans
> that documents the destruction of a tennis court at
> the intersection of Race and Annunciation Streets
> across from the former St. Thomas housing project.
> The title refers to the colonial doctrine that
> "un-populated" or "un-improved" lands could be
> appropriated by the first [European] power that
> "discovered" them. *Presented as part of the
> INCITE Women of Color Against Violence Film and Arts
> Festival* DIRECTOR PAULETTE RICHARDS WILL BE
> PRESENT TO INTRODUCE HER FILM.
> For full schedule, film descriptions, and venues,
> please see www.nolahumanrights.org, or call
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