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Cinema of Substance 2010-2011

This film series showcases meaningful films from around the world that explore who we are and how we might be. The themes of the films are often further examined in audience discussions with award-winning writers and directors. 

Co-sponsored by the USC School of Cinematic Arts

Upcoming Films

2009-2010 Films

  • Crude: An Evening With Documentary Filmmaker Joe Berlinger

    Tueday, September 14, 2010, 7pm
    Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
    Crude tells the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet: the infamous $27 billion “Amazon Chernobyl” lawsuit pitting 30,000 rainforest dwellers in Ecuador against the U.S. oil giant Chevron. Winner of 19 international awards, Crude takes you inside a riveting, high stakes drama steeped in global politics, the environmental movement, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. Followed by Q & A with award-winning director Joe Berlinger
  • FILM SCREENING: District 9

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 7pm
    Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
    A tale of extraterrestrial refugees stuck in contemporary South Africa. It’s been 28 years since the aliens first made contact, and in order to accommodate them, the government of South Africa set up a makeshift home in District 9 as politicians and world leaders debated how to handle the situation.
  • Beyond The Call: An Evening with Filmmaker Adrian Belic

    Sunday, February 6, 2011, 6pm
    Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
    Beyond the Call has premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, screened at over 150 film festivals on five continents and has won more than 50 awards, including Grand Jury Prizes and Audience Awards.
    In an Indiana Jones meets Mother Teresa adventure, three eccentric senior citizens - former soldiers and modern-day knights - travel the world delivering life-saving humanitarian aid directly into the hands of civilians and doctors. Ed Artis, James Laws and Walt Ratterman inspire through deeds not words, in some of the most dangerous yet beautiful places on earth, the front lines of war. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Adrian Belic, a graduate of the School of International Relations and Political Science, USC College.

    Monday, March 29, 2011 7pm-10:30pm
    Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
    No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009) - 7pm

    Recently released from prison, two young musicians decide to form a band. Together they search the underworld of contemporary Tehran for other players. Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, they plan to escape from their clandestine existence, and dream of performing in Europe. But with no money and no passports, it won't be easy...

    The Red Chapel (2009) - 9pm

    A journalist with no scruples, a disabled man who suffered a stroke, and a comedian travel to North Korea with a mission - to make people laugh although they live under one of the world’s most notorious regimes. The Red Chapel chronicles the amusing and often bizarre encounters between this Danish “theatre troupe” and their North Korean hosts in a one of a kind, East-meets-West-meets-East look at cultural exchange in the modern world's last anti-globalist bastion.

    Winner: Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival (2010)