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New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival 

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The 7th annual New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival covers a wide array of topics from around the globe. Opening night (7 p.m. Friday, Warren Easton High School) features the regional premiere of Freedom Riders (pictured) by celebrated director Stanley Nelson, who won an Emmy for his 2003 documentary The Murder of Emmett Till. Nelson also has won journalism's Peabody Award and received a MacArthur "Genius" grant. Freedom Riders chronicles the student activists who boarded a Greyhound bus to tour the Deep South in 1961. They were harassed and attacked throughout their journey and the federal government had to step in to quell the violence. The festival features a teach-in on Haiti, performances by Def Jam poets Suheir Hammad and Sunni Patterson and other events. Films address subjects ranging from political repression in Burma (Burma VJ) to Palestinian issues (Daggit Gaza) to New Orleans' post-Katrina rebuilding (Crepe Covered Sidewalks) to the conditions faced by sex workers (In Our Own Image). Visit the Web site for full schedule and details. — Will Coviello

Patois: New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival

March 11-21


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