Strong stories and important lessons are being showcased at this year’s first ever Public Health Film Festival of New Orleans (F-NO) presented by Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 102.3 FM WHIV, and the Southern Center for Health Equity. The team is proud to present cinematic stories that will educate and inform all viewers of a variety of topics within the health system. The films will be shown from May 10-12, 2019.
The main focus of the two-day film festival will be disparities in public health and basic individual rights, with films having direct ties to issues happening all around Louisiana and New Orleans. HIV/AIDS, gun violence, reproductive justice, veteran’s health, water protectors and more will be present in the films. Feature-length and short documentaries will be screened, hoping to inspire activism for health equity in all forms. After each film, a panel will be held with filmmakers, public health experts, and community members portrayed in the films as a way to help audiences connect even further to the stories being told. “These conversations will help unpack the intensity of the films while focusing on calls to action for health equity,” said Executive Director of 102.3 FM WHIV, Dr. MarkAlain Dery.
The important and progressive film festival is a step towards helping and changing the public health system in not only New Orleans, but around the country and world. For Dr. Thomas LaVeist, Dean of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, this festival “is a major part of our commitment to partner with organizations and individuals who are working to protect and improve the health of the residents of New Orleans.” LaVeist will screen part of his docuseries, “The Skin You’re In,” during the festival.
The screenings will take place at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at 1440 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112.
Admission is free, but seating is limited. All attendees must RSVP to be guaranteed a seat.