New Orleans Film Festival adds social activism and Caribbean-themed series


The New Orleans Film Society has added two “programming strands” to the 2017 New Orleans Film Festival. “Change Makers” presents nine feature-length documentaries and 10 short films on social activism. Titles include Divided CitySilent Parade or the Soul Rebels Vs. Robert E. Lee, and Goodbye Old Glory, three short films examining the controversy surrounding the removal of confederate monuments in New Orleans.

The Caribbean film series features seven short films with a Cuban theme. Included are Kira Akerman’s Parade, which documents music students form New Orleans on a cultural exchange trip to Cuba, and Matthew Gelb’s Prince of Smoke, which tells the story of artisanal cigar maker Hirochi Robaina, More information about the festival is available here.

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