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Special Screening: More Zen, Less Phobia, Monday, 11/17, 4-6pm

The Gottesman Libraries is hosting a series of films in support of faculty research interests and growing academic programs. The insightful films cover a wide range of topics, many controversial.

  • I Love Hip Hop in Morocco, Wednesday, 11/12, 7-10pm

    A film screening and discussion of the recent documentary, “I Love Hip Hop in Morocco!” will be led on Wednesday, November 12th by Dr. Louis Francis Cristillo, Lecturer in International and Transcultural Studies, and Project Director for the Muslim Youth in New York City Public Schools Study. Following the film, guest panelists Dr. Hisham Aidi, lecturer in political science at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and Joshua Asen, co-producer/director of the film, will join Dr. Cristillo to discuss the film.

    The film recounts the story of a group of Moroccan Hip Hop artists who plan a concert for their hometown, unfortunately to meet strong resistance and lacking resources. After appealing to an American filmmaker and the American Embassy, they are successful in launching the “I Love Hip Hop” festival in three Moroccan cities, Meknes, Marrakesh, and Casablanca. The festival is a hit, featuring such artists as Fatima, Brown Fingaz, and H-Kayne, among others. Many of these Hip Hop artists went on to do world tours, including performances in Europe and the Middle East, and they also have been featured on major commercial advertisements.

    Fulbright scholar Joshua Asen and filmmaker Jennifer Needleman document the world of Arab youth to reveal some often surprising perceptions of America, Islam, and larger world issues. With his M.A. and Ph.D. from Teachers College, Professor Cristillo has been teaching courses here on education and development in North Africa and the Middle East. Dr. Cristillo research interests include agency and religiosity in education; religious education of Muslim diaspora communities in the U.S.; issues of identity and schooling among Muslim minority children in the U.S.; religious and secular education in the Middle East; and education and development in the Muslim world. See related articles on TC web.

    This event is cosponsored by the Center for African Education at Teachers College and the Middle East Institute at Columbia's SIPA.



  • Where: Second Floor Salon


  • More Zen, Less Phobia, Monday, 11/17, 4-6pm

    In May, 2008, attacks broke out against people who were presumed to be makwerekweres [“foreigners”] in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and other locations in the country. By the time it had subsided, 62 people had been killed, and tens of thousands of people were displaced to temporary camps. Refugees from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Congo and Somalia were targeted in particular, but a third of the murder victims were actually South African citizens. The horrifying photograph of a Mozambican man, Ernesto Nhamuave, his body set ablaze, was one of many images that generated a great deal of national soul-searching in the aftermath.

    In August, 2008, Filmmakers Against Racism screened seven short movies based upon footage shot only a few months earlier, under the banner of More Zen, Less Phobia, as part of the Tri-Continental Film Festival.

    A selection of the films will be shown, and a discussion of the causes and consequences of the bloodshed, and the reception these films have received, will be led by Steven Dubin, Professor of Arts Administration; Sean Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Communications and AfroAmerican & African Studies, University of Michigan; and Francois Verster, Queen Wilhelmina Visiting Professor of the History, Language and Literature of the Dutch-Speaking People, Columbia University.


    Where: 305 Russell



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