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International Human Rights Film Festival


With the recent wave of various Tea Party protests and movements marching against health care reform and co-opting the language of civil rights and rebellion, the Patois International Human Rights Film Festival offers some refreshingly clear perspective on what oppression and government abuse of power really look like. Oscar-nominated Burma VJ (pictured) is a stark account of the repressive military regime that has ruled Burma for four decades and infamously squashed the results of elections. Ad hoc journalists have surreptitiously filmed political events and smuggled the footage out of the isolated nation for the world to see. The film focuses on a period in 2007 when thousands of the nation's Buddhist monks took to the streets in defiance of the junta and were met with a violent crack down. It screens at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Zeitgeist (1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.). Other Patois topics include Palestinian issues, a not-so-good film (In Our Own Image) on an interesting sex-worker magazine ($pread) and a fundraiser for Haitian Relief. Crepe Covered Sidewalks (7 p.m. Thursday, NOMA) is Renee Wilson's account of her return home in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Besides films, the festival includes panel discussions, spoken word performances, parties and more. Visit for schedule and details. — Will Coviello

Through March 21

Patois International Human Rights Film Festival

March 16-21

Various locations;

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