MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
intend to expand it from the level of civil rights to the level of human rights."
- Malcolm X, 12 April, 1964
We are a festival with a mission.
New Orleans artists and activists founded our festival, and we are dedicated to nurturing community, supporting the work of local organizers and organizations involved in social justice struggles, and linking local issues to international issues. Our goal is to raise awareness and provide a forum for artistic expression of these themes.
This year, we are proud to welcome Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme, who will be presenting his film Right To Return: New Home Movies From the Lower Ninth Ward on April 9 at John McDonogh High School. The screening begins at 7 pm, and will be preceded by a reception at 6 pm. We are also excited to host an afterparty for the screening at the Mother-In-Law Lounge, featuring Al “Carnival Time” Johnson.
The next night, Thursday, April 10, at 7 pm, we present the New Orleans premiere of Taxi To The Dark Side, the 2008 Academy Award-winner for best documentary feature.
Also on Thursday, at 9:30 pm, we invite you to Caramel, a new romantic comedy from Lebanon. The film is the most highly acclaimed film in Lebanon’s history, was selected for Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, and was Lebanon's official submission to the 2008 Academy Awards for best foreign language film.
On this website you can find out all about the festival. We have full descriptions of all the films and programs, short video previews of festival films, schedule and venue information, and more. Also on this site, you can buy festival passes and membership. Festival passes get you free admission to all parties and films, including the opening night party ($20) and the bounce hip-hop concert on April 19 (also $20). Please support the festival, and buy passes and membership for yourself and friends. With your help, we will continue to be a resource for community and social justice in New Orleans.