‘Bilal’s Stand’ to be screened Feb. 23 at RIC

The RIC student organization L.I.F.E (Live, Inspire, Fight, Educate) is hosting a screening of the film "Bilal's Stand" as part of the college's Black History Month celebration. The event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

The story is focused on Bilal, a black Muslim teen who works at “The Stand,” the taxi stand in Detroit that has been the family’s social and financial hub for the past 60 years.

Bilal is in line to carry the torch, but he secretly submits a college application and takes up ice carving to win a scholarship. Now he is forced to decide between continuing to keep The Stand alive and taking a shot at social mobility.

“Bilal’s Stand” is based on a true story. Writer and director Sultan Sharrief’s debut feature film marks his arrival as a new voice in American independent cinema.