PATOIS: State Violence and Community Response
featuring the World Premiere of Operation Small Axe
Sunday, March 21, 2010
5:00pm – 8:00pm
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center
1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA
Screening of Daggit Gaza and the World Premiere of Operation Small Axe, followed by a panel and discussion about state violence in New Orleans and Oakland, and violent and nonviolent community responses. The legacies of violence against whole populations like the people of Gaza and members of Black communities like Oscar Grant, Adolph Grimes, and the Danziger Bridge families. Nonviolent and Violent community responses, including Lovelle Mixon and Mark Essex. With filmmaker Adimu Madyun, Prisoners of Conscience Committee Minister of Information JR Valrey, and activists and community members from Oakland and New Orleans. Operation Small Axe Description (*WORLD PREMIERE*) Operation Small Axe is a documentary centered on Prisoners of Conscience Committee Minister of Information JR and, Block Report Radio show. This film gives an in-depth account of police terrorism and occupation in Oakland, California. On New Years Day 2009, Oscar Grant was murdered by the police in front of dozens of people at the Fruitvale BART (subway) station in Oakland. Three months later, Lovelle Mixon was murdered after allegedly killing four members of the Oakland Police Department. Two more cases of police unjustifiably murdering citizens were documented in the following weeks. This time instead of the Gaza Strip in the Middle East we’re talking about the MacArthur strip in East Oakland, California. Instead of the occupation force of the Israelis in Palestine or the Americans in Iraq & Afghanistan, the low income Black communities in America are dealing with the police, CIA, FBI, ATF and DEA to name a few. 71m. Directed by Adimu Madyun. Operation Small Axe expresses the sentiments of the people regarding government-sanctioned terrorism. Showing the diversity in the resistance, the choice weapon of the operation is citizen journalism. In the words of the internationally renowned artist Bob Marley, ‘If you are a big tree, we are the small axe, sharpened to cut you down.’ Daggit Gaza Description Daggah is a spicy tomato salad made in Gaza that is traditionally pounded in a mortar and pestle. This short, personal film juxtaposes the making of the salad with a phone conversation with the director’s uncle in Gaza. Literally translated, “Daggit Gazza” means “the pounding of Gaza.” 8m. Directed by Hadeel Assali and Iman Saqr.