ALC ALIF Film Club: Dear White People

A social satire that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where controversy breaks out over a popular but offensive black-face party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in acutely-not-post-racial America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world

Who: ALC & ALIF and university students
When: February 16 at 3:00 pm
Where: ALC Room Six

ALC ALIF Book Club Meeting on Saturday

ALC-ALIF Book Club: Saturday at 1 PM in Room 1

We will be reading from N. Scott Momaday’s novel, “House Made of Dawn”, which won the U.S. author a Pulitzer Prize in 1969. The book has been a huge influence on Native American authors, and it looks at a number of the issues that Native Americans face in the modern world. Join us on Saturday, 18 Feb, at 1:00 pm in Room 1.

Fes Medina Woodblock Prints Exhibition

“Fes Medina Woodblock Prints” by Wick Williams
Opening: Friday, February 10 at 7 PM
ALIF Riad, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha
Continues through February 24, 4:30-6:30 daily

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“The medina is a vibrant collision of sumptuous architectural forms and social activities that grope, vibrate, and wrap around each other. By reducing each view to a duel of solid black and solid white, these prints explore the energy generated by stark contrasts. The Medina is rich and complex. The woodcut becomes a perceptive tool in finding focus and clarity in that complexity.”

About the Artist:

Wick discovered woodblock printmaking as a young man wandering around Japan. Though a career in architecture distracted him from full-time printmaking, he has studied with Ron Wyfels at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and has been showing prints in the Philadelphia area for years.

While living and sketching in Fes (2013-14), he designed and cut this series of views in and around the Medina.

Wick Williams
4528 Regent St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 10143
Wickwill@gmail.com

Friday Movie at ALIF Riad

Film at the ALIF Riad: Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 PM

Bab’Aziz is particularly concerned with Sufi themes. Khemir has stated that he wished to show, in the film, “an open, tolerant and friendly Islamic culture, full of love and wisdom…” an Islam that is different from the one depicted by the media in the aftermath of 9/11, and that the unusual structure of the film was a deliberate attempt to imitate the structure of Sufi visions and dances, aimed at allowing the spectator “forget about his own ego and to put it aside in order to open up to the reality of the world.”

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ALC ALIF Book Club: Go Tell It On the Mountain

Everyone is welcome! Saturday, 4 February at 1:00 pm in Room 1.

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James Baldwin was one of the important leaders of the civil rights movement in the USA in the mid-twentieth century; his influence was primarily through the books and essays he wrote. For this week’s Book Club, we will be reading his first novel, “Go Tell It On the Mountain”, from 1953. Join us for a discussion of the book, race relations in the USA, and the role of religion in Baldwin’s life as a source of repression and moral hypocrisy but also inspiration and community. 

ALC ALIF Film Club: The Little Prince

A little girl lives in a very grown-up world with her mother, who tries to prepare her for it. Her neighbor, the Aviator, introduces the girl to an extraordinary world where anything is possible, the world of the Little Prince.

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Who: ALC & ALIF and university students
When: February 3 at 3:00 pm
Where: ALC Room Six