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New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival 

The third annual New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival should have added resonance with locals these days. We learned the hard way that our governments and other institutions can fail us, whether out of incompetence, indifference or neglect. These 48 films from five continents don't just span the geographic globe but that of humanity itself. Whether it's exploring the death penalty, the Black Panthers, reparations or conscientious objectors, this festival gives us all something to think about. One of the more touted films is Philippe Diaz's The Empire in Africa, which won the jury prize for documentaries at February's Slamdance Film Festival. There will be several directors in attendance, with lots of other events planned including Thursday's opening-right party on Thursday at the Neighborhood Gallery -- just three blocks from Zeitgeist -- featuring DJ Lady Lolo. Festival passes $40, festival day passes $8. --ÊDavid Lee Simmons

Thursday, April 6, through April 15

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 525-2767;

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