Next Meetup

Watch "Investigating Paradise" from Arab Film Festival
• What we'll do Please join Yalla Arabi, The Arab Film and Media Institute/Arab Film Festival and Berkeley City College #Arabic language students and as we continue our presentation of the ARAB FILM SERIES. Catch some of the hottest films that have screened at the ARAB FILM FESTIVAL. Screenings are free and open to the public but MUST register here to guarantee your seat(s). Investigating Paradise by Merzak Allouache March 29, 2018 | 6:30pm Berkeley City College 2050 Center Street, Berkeley From French-Algerian visionary Merzak Allouache, Berlinale 2017 pick INVESTIGATING PARADISE is a manifold treatise in what it means to be “radicalized” – a term the Western world has grown quite fond of in recent times. Far from haphazardly mobilizing buzz words in service to reductivism, however, Allouache is concerned with crafting a layered analysis of Algerian millennial culture and the efforts made by Salafi clerics to tempt this particularly vulnerable demograph towards the embrace of jihad. Through a sampling of everyone from college students at internet cafes and a karate instructor, to Imams and social intellectuals, it becomes apparent that Allouache’s position is much deeper than what is readily and regularly espoused per “extremism” and “radicalization” on Western media outlets. Picking up on his interest in troubled urban youth from his 2016 narrative master work (and AFF 2016 film) MADAME COURAGE, Allouache’s latest is critical, even if, urgent viewing. By fusing elements of documentary with traditional narrativity cast against a black-and-white visual plane, INVESTIGATING PARADISE’s performative docu-form is just as complex as its content – a hybrid film that leaves no easy way out for the viewer, much less the subjects contained within. • What to bring • Important to know

Berkeley City College Auditorium

2050 Center St · Berkeley, CA

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YALLA ARABI is a free EDUCATIONAL Arabic language and culture meetup group that serves the San Francisco and East Bay area.

NO ARABIC LANGUAGE EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED. Everyone is welcome! Ahlan Wa Sahlan!

We invite people from ALL backgrounds and ALL levels of Arabic experience to participate. We learn Arabic in fun, interactive and supportive ways by using collaborative activities and instructor-led exercises. We also watch Arabic films, eat at Arabic restaurants and attend Arab cultural events.

We heartily welcome advanced and native Arabic speakers to assist us with the Arabic learning activities. If you are interested in volunteering or doing a language trade to improve your English while improving our Arabic, please post a comment on our Yalla Arabi Facebook wall or here on our meetup page.

Pens and notepads are encouraged! Our meetups take place in host homes and public venues. Take a look at our varied history of meetup events!




PRIVATE ARABIC TUTOR: Hassan Al Nawar is a native Arabic speaker from Iraq with an Associate of Arts degree in Arabic Literature from Baghdad University (his B.S degree is in Physics). Hassan has over 7 years of experience teaching Arabic and currently tutors Arabic language students for the Monterey Language Institute. He has an excellent command of classical Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and the Iraqi dialect. Hassan can help you improve your ability to speak, read and write Arabic with one-on-one tutoring sessions. If you’re interested in tutoring, contact Hassan at



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