May 18, 2017, 7:00 P.M.

The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office] and National Geographic Documentary Films invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Hell on Earth:

The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS

Directed by Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested
Written by Mark Monroe
Produced by Nick Quested and Sebastian Junger

Followed by a Q&A with Nick Quested

:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 18th, 2017
The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Official Selection: 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

Opens in Los Angeles on Friday, May 19th, 2017

About Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS

Oscar-nominated filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested chronicle Syria's descent into the unbridled chaos that allowed the rise of the Islamic State.

Culled from nearly 1,000 hours of stunningly visceral footage, the film explores some of the horrific conditions that refugees commonly flee from, and shows their humanity and courage in the face of physical threats as well as a largely hostile political environment. Consequently, the filmmakers, who previously collaborated on a trio of films about the war in Afghanistan (Restrepo, The Last Patrol, and Korengal), also capture the Syrian war's harrowing carnage and political and social consequences, while painting an alarming picture of the west's role in the creation of ISIS.

Provided courtesy of National Geographic Documentary Films. Rated R. Running time: 99 minutes. In Arabic and English, with English subtitles.

Visit the Official Website: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/hell-on-earth/


About the Guest

NICK QUESTED (Co-Director, Producer)

Nick Quested is executive director and owner of Goldcrest Films, where he has built one of the world’s premiere documentary brands and won two Emmys for his work. Quested has served as a producer on over 35 films, including Sebastian Junger’s The Last Patrol, Korengal, the PGA- and two-time Emmy-nominated Which Way Is the Front Line From Here?, The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington and the Oscar®-nominated Restrepo.  

Quested is also an award-winning music video director who has worked with such artists as Dr. Dre, Nas, Puffy, Sting, Master P, Cash Money and Trick Daddy. His credits include "Stretch and Bobbito : Radio That Changed Lives," "Rubble Kings," "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer," "Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers," "Stolen Seas," "The List," "Tell Spring Not to Come This Year" and "Doin’ It in the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC."

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.

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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 $12.00 at USC Entrance Gate #4, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street, across from the Shrine Auditorium. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu