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September 25, 2013, 7:00 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 Touchstone Pictures invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

The United

Directed by Amin Matalqa
Written by Nizar Wattad
Produced by Rachel Gandin Mark
Followed by a Q&A with Amin Matalqa,
Nizar Wattad, and Rachel Gandin Mark
7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

About The United

A legendary Egyptian soccer coach is brought back from retirement by his former star player to train a group of misfits from around the Arab world at a new soccer academy in Jordan. While the boys fight and struggle to get along, it's up to the coach's granddaughter Laila to unite the team and their curmudgeonly coach in order to save the future of the Middle East Football Academy. 

Provided courtesy of Touchstone Pictures. Not rated. Running time: 95 minutes. In Arabic, with English subtitles.

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About the Guests


Born in Jordan, raised in Ohio, and based in Los Angeles, Amin Matalqa has directed three distinct feature films since receiving his MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute in 2007. His first feature as writer/director/producer, Captain Abu Raed, won the Sundance Film Festival's World Cinema Audience Award in 2008 along with 27 international festival prizes, and became Jordan's first entry to the Oscars for Best Foreign Film. His second film, the inspirational soccer drama, The United, became Walt Disney International's first venture into the Middle East and the first time that a major American studio produces a film for the region. Amin just competed post production on his American comedy Strangely In Love, a modern-day Los Angeles set adaption of the 1848 novella, White Nights. Amin lives in Hollywood with his wife Claire and their giant dogs Cello & Oboe.


Rachel Gandin Mark is the sole creative producer of Walt Disney International Productions’ first Arabic-language feature film, The United, directed by Amin Matalqa. In addition to The United, Rachel set up two additional Arabic feature films in development at Disney. Rachel is currently the Director of International Programs and Special Initiatives at USC School of Cinematic Arts and the Program Administrator of the American Film Showcase, a major film diplomacy program of the U.S. Department of State. She served for 5 years as a creative consultant for the Sundance Institute’s Rawi Screenwriters Lab in Jordan and founded the Arab Film Festival in Los Angeles. Additionally, Rachel has worked in the Film Acquisitions Department at 20th Century Fox and for the indie production company, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. She received an M.A. in Arabic from Georgetown University, a B.A. from UCLA, and lived in Cairo, Egypt for more than 3 years.


Nizar Wattad is a Los Angeles­ based writer and producer. He penned the first Arabic-language feature film for Walt Disney Pictures (The United), collaborates often with Oscar­-nominated/Golden Globe­-winning director Hany Abu­-Assad, and is currently writing an original iOS/Android game for Lumba Inc. Wattad's work was selected for the 2010 Dubai Film Connection and the 2008 RAWI / Sundance Lab in Jordan. His endeavors include teaching for Elon University’s L.A. film program, executive­-producing the first Arab­-American hip­-hop compilation, live performances & academic lectures around the world.

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.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC 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 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

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