"Patois," the name given to the New Orleans
International Human Rights Film Festival, kicks off Thursday with
the premiere of "American Violet," a film shot in New Orleans
that tackles the issue of racial profiling in a Texas town.
The film is one of roughly 50 that will be shown in New Orleans
during the 11-day festival that, as in years past, explores
social-justice issues both in Louisiana and across the nation and
Among the films being shown are this year's Oscar-nominated
"Nerakhoon (The Betrayal)," a documentary feature about a Laotian
family's decision to relocate to the United States, and "Dos
Americas: The Reconstruction of New Orleans," a documentary on the
Hispanic laborers who have come to help rebuild the Gulf Coast
since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.