October 16, 2011, 2:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Outside the Box [Office] and Mindpirates invite you and a guest to a special screening of


Directed by Ralf Schmerberg
Written by Ralf Schmerberg and Joe Holden
Followed by a panel discussion with the director and guests from the film.

2:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 16th, 2011

The Ray Stark Family Theatre
, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


About Problema

One bright day in the early 21st Century, in the historic heart of Berlin, Germany, 112 people from all walks of life and all round the world join together in a single circle. Seated around a giant round table, they have come to engage with 100 meaningful questions raised by the global public, to speak freely on behalf of themselves and others, to rediscover how much they don?t know and how much they do.
Voicing the questions aloud are the moderators - Nigerian human rights advocate Hafsat Abiola and American actor Willem Dafoe - who guide us through the astonishing ?multilogue?. Divided into eight sections (covering economics, ethics, war, governance, ecology, culture, technology and perception), each chapter is powerfully established by a visceral introductory sequence of contemporary archival footage that situates each new set of questions in a global societal context. To every question, each participant has his own unique perspective to impart. Speaking in 18 different languages, directly into individual digital cameras, 112 human beings confront us face to face.
In Bebelplatz square - the very place where, seven decades before, the Nazis made a bonfire of books - a revolution in values is being called for. Amid this vivid celebration of cultural diversity and creative dialogue, we ourselves are empowered to re-recognize our own democratic responsibility to raise challenging questions and, together, to search for solutions. We are reminded of the questions that animate our hopes and fears and dreams. The cinema is transformed into an auditorium of oral wisdom as we too take our seat at the Table.

Provided courtesy of Mindpirates. Not rated. Running time: 95 minutes.

To learn more about the film and to view the trailer, click here.


About the Guests

Ralf Schmerberg, Director/Creator

The filmmaker and artist Ralf Schmerberg covers a broad spectrum with his projects and work where the he visual media film and photography are always in the centre. He co-founded the dropping knowledge project in 2003 to inspire the global public to raise questions around issues relating to social or conscious change. As the spiritus rector of the dropping knowledge event, «The Table of Free Voices», Schmerberg always saw the once-in-a-lifetime gathering as a film for the big screen. His intention with «Problema» is to make the audience more aware of their capacity to raise consciousness in society, to ask questions and to search for answers.


About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain. The weekly screenings will be on Wednesday and Sunday nights (and other select dates, as they arise) in the School of Cinematic Arts Complex, George Lucas Building.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the general public. Please bring a photo ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 1:30 P.M.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Free street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Phone: 213.740.2330