Saturday, February 27, 2010

2010 Patois Film Festival Schedule

Patois: The New Orleans 7th Annual International Human Rights Film Festival
March 11th-21st

This year Patois once again brings an amazing line-up of Palestine related films and events to New Orleans.

Below are specific Palestine related events and films.

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Breaking Poems: An Evening of Poetry with Suheir Hammad, Sunni Patterson, Kalamu ya Salaam, and Michaela Harrison
Warren Easton Senior High School

American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein

84m | documentary | directed by David Ridgen and Nicolas Rossier | Regional Premiere

Sunday | March 21 | 9pm | Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center

American Radical is the probing, definitive, documentary about American academic Norman Finkelstein. A devoted son of holocaust survivors, ardent critic of Israeli and US Middle East policy, and author of five provocative books, including The Holocaust Industry, Finkelstein has been steadfast at the center of many intractable controversies, including his recent denial of tenure at DePaul University. Called a lunatic and disgusting self-hating Jew by some, and an inspirational street-fighting revolutionary by others, Finkelstein is a deeply polarizing figure whose struggles arise from core questions about freedom, identity, and nationhood.

From Beirut to Kyoto, the filmmakers follow Finkelstein around the world as he attempts to negotiate a voice among both supporters and critics, providing an intimate portrait of the man behind the controversy while giving equal time to both his critics and supporters.

Daggit Gaza

8m | experimental | directed by Hadeel Assali and Iman Saqr | Regional Premiere

Sunday | March 21 | 4pm | Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center

Daggah is a spicy tomato salad made in Gaza that is traditionally pounded in a mortar and pestle. This short, personal film juxtaposes the making of the salad with a phone conversation with the director’s uncle in Gaza. Literally translated, “Daggit Gazza” means “the pounding of Gaza.”

SAIA Carleton Divestment Campaign

7m | campaign trailer | by SAIA-Carleton Divestment Campaign

Monday | March 15 | 7pm | Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center

The trailer launching the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign against Apartheid Israel, from the campus of Carleton College in Ontario, Canada. By Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA)-Carleton.

Salt of this Sea

108m | fiction | directed by Annemarie Jacir | Regional Premiere

Friday | March 19 | Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center | Introduced by Tony Award-winning actor and Def Jam poet Suheir Hammad

Soraya, born in Brooklyn in a working class community of Palestinian refugees, discovers that her grandfather’s savings were frozen in a bank account in Jaffa when he was exiled in 1948. Stubborn, passionate and determined to reclaim what is hers, she fulfills her life-long dream of “returning” to Palestine. Slowly she is taken apart by the reality around her and is forced to confront her own internal anger. She meets Emad, a young Palestinian whose ambition, contrary to hers, is to leave forever. Tired of the constraints that dictate their lives, they know in order to be free, they must take things into their own hands, even if it’s illegal.