ALIF Riad film Series: Crossing Borders
Tuesday, November 21 at 6:30 PM
ALIF Riad, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha Fes Medina
ALC-ALIF Book Club: “Black Boy”
Friday, Nov.10 at 3 PM in Room 1
For this week’s Book Club discussion, we will be reading Richard Wright’s book, “Black Boy.” The author tells how his life began with struggles due to hunger and poverty, and then he experienced unfair treatment due to the color of his skin. Rather than discourage him, his problems led him to believe that all people should treated equally, regardless of race. Join us for another great discussion! Everyone is welcome.
ALC-ALIF Book Club: “Exit West”
Friday, Nov. 3 at 3 PM in Room 1
Mohsin Hamid’s latest book, “Exit West”, which the Guardian calls a ‘magical vision of the refugee crisis’, made the shortlist for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. As our book for this week’s Book Club, it centers on a very contemporary romance, situated in the dangerous context of the westward stream of refugees, as the title indicates. Join us for another fascinating discussion.
Moroccan Judaism: A Lecture & Documentary Screening by Yona Abeddour
Wednesday, November 1 @ 6:30 in ROOM 30 of the ALC/ALIF
Youness (Yona) Abeddour, born in Fez, has been working to promote a better understanding of the pluralistic identity of Morocco. He holds a master’s degree in Cultural Studies, completing a thesis on “The Representation of Moroccan Jews in Moroccan Cinema.” He researches the history of Moroccan Judaism and makes documentary films. Today he lives between Israel and France, where he’s doing a Ph.D. in anthropology at Ben Gurion University and the University of Lyon on the topic of Moroccan Jewish Identities in contemporary France and Israel.
“A Culture in Danger” (2011)
What was once a key part of Moroccan culture and society is now on the way to being forgotten. There is much confusion and even resentment caused by the massive Jewish immigration to Israel and many people now confuse terms such as Judaism and Zionism. This confusion and lack of information has caused many people to forget or to even look negatively on a people who were once their neighbors and a culture that is even now intricately a part of their own. This film seeks to resolve the confusion and to educate people about this history of a culture which cannot be separated from Moroccan culture as a whole.
“My Neighbor…the Jew”
“My Neighbor…the Jew” highlights Muslim-Jewish relations in Morocco. Muslims in Morocco talk about their Jewish neighbors in a very nostalgic manner, and Jews remember Muslims as good neighbors and friends. The Jewish interviewees are strongly attached to their roots and history in Morocco, which they are not willing to give up. The title accentuates the concept of “neighbor,” which echoes the message of the documentary. The neighbor in both Islam and Judaism, as well as in the Moroccan culture, is almost hallowed. The Hebrew Bible says “Love thy neighbor as thyself” (Leviticus 19:18). There is a Hadith narrated by the Prophet of Islam that states “The best neighbor in Allah’s estimation is the one who is best to his neighbor” (Al-Tirmidhi, Number 1287), and the famous Moroccan proverb “Choose your neighbor before your house.”
This lecture, organized by the ALC-ALIF Cultural Heritage Club, is free and open to the general public.