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Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 12:45 pm
Un Aller Simple is a 1994 novel by the French author Didier Van Cauwelaert.
Winner of the 1994 Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary prize!
Un Aller Simple recounts the comic, absurd, and all-too-believable adventures of Aziz Kemal, a young Frenchman raised as an Arab by Marseille gypsies. Arrested for a crime he did not commit, Aziz becomes the target of a government campaign to repatriate illegal immigrants and finds himself en route to Morocco, despite the fact that he is not Moroccan. Accompanying Aziz is a touchingly naïve and neurotic “humanitarian attaché” named Jean-Pierre Schneider, who drowns his own personal woes in his zeal to build a new life for his charge in a land neither one has ever seen.
At once humorous and poignant, the story of this journey is “a beautifully realized blend of sensitivity, humor, intelligence, and good sense—a rich and engaging novel, filled with a lucid and compassionate humanity” (Jean-Claude Lebrun).
Free for AF members | $10 for non members.
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AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR LEVINASSIAN STUDIES presents
Alterity in Question
“How Tasty Was my Little Frenchman“: Questioning Alterity
By Professor Jean-Claude Carron
The title of my talk is borrowed from the award-winning 1971 film by Brazilian director Nelson Pereira dos Santos. The film tells the story of the surprising treatment of a 16th-century French explorer by a tribe of cannibals. The historical encounter with the New World and the discovery of totally new civilizations raised the question of the “other” for Europeans. One of these encounters occurred when French Catholics and Protestants, having settled in the bay of Rio de Janeiro, came into contact with the Topinamba people, practitioners of cannibalism. We will see how this encounter with the so-called “savages” helped early modern writers reassess their sense of moral certitudes.
Jean-Claude Carron, who has a Doctorate (PhD) from the University of Geneva (Switzerland), is Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of French and Francophone Studies at UCLA. Specialist in Renaissance studies and poetry, he has published, among other topics, on sixteenth-century French literature (Rabelais, Montaigne, Tyard), rhetoric, the philosophical dialogue, and the history of gastronomy. He currently serves as the Scientific Director of the American Institute for Levinassian Studies.
Presented in English with Q&A and cocktail reception.
Having trouble retaining French verbs? Do you want to learn French catch phrases? Come and join fellow students and teachers! Singing can boost your memory, give you an inside look at French culture, improve your comprehension and help you sound like a native French speaker. …
You don’t need to sing in tune, just come and have fun with us! This is one of the best ways to add vocabulary and reinforcing your knowledge!
Come and join us at Alliance Française on October 21st for good old French songs you all know! Come and sing en français! You don’t need to be a good singer, this is not ‘American Idol’! And you don’t need to be in any advanced French classes.
Just come and have fun with us!
Cheese and Wine provided 🍷
$10 for members – $15 for non-members
CINE CLUB – Wednesday October 25th
Une Vie Ailleurs
The story hinges on Sylvie’s son, Felipe, who was abducted at the age of five by his father, Pablo. Four years and a few hiccups by social services later, thanks to Pablo’s death and the work of a private detective, Sylvie has finally picked up Felipe’s trace in the Uruguayan countryside, Pablo’s home country. Mehdi is a social worker who has lost his faith in his job and has been so moved by Sylvie’s struggle that he has decided to leave everything to help her. Together, they set out to Uruguay in order to kidnap the child and take him back to France.
Directed by Olivier Peyon and thanks to the actors Isabelle Carré and Ramzy Bedia, the movie is known to be ‘Un dilemme traité avec nuance, à l’image de l’interprétation à la fois sensible et subtile d’Isabelle Carré et Ramzy Bedia.‘ (Studio Cine Live)
Presented in French with English subtitles
A discussion will follow the film. Refreshments provided!
Free for Members – $10 for non-members
HISTORY WORKSHOP – Thursday, November 2nd
The French presence in North America: Anecdotal or decisive?
The French played a big part in the making of the United States of America, from the “Tabagie de Tadoussac” in 1603 to the cession of Louisiana by Napoleon I in 1803. Today, the French presence can be seen all across the continent through cities names such as Detroit or Baton Rouge. About 7 million people are from French ancestry.
The History Workshop : Passionate about history? You want to learn more about it while improving your French? Come and join Samy for this workshop about the French presence in North America and how they influenced its history.
Fee: $30 for AF members, $40 for non-members
Level: Advanced B2 / Expert C1/C2
Come and join us at Alliance Française on November 7th for the grand opening of our new art exhibition: Broken Souls by the French photographer Remy Tortosa. Tortosa’s photographies will then stay on display at our Los Angeles office for a few months.
On the same evening, we will also have the screening of one of our teachers’ movie, One World by Jean-Baptiste Kanangwe.