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March 26, 2018, 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], USC PACSA (Persian Academic and Cultural Student Association), and Urban Distribution International, invite you and a guest to attend a special screening of

Oblivion Verses

Written and Directed by Alireza Khatami
Produced by Vincent Wang, Fred Bellaïche, and Dominique Welinski

Followed by a Q&A with Alireza Khatami

7:00 P.M. on Monday, March 26th, 2018

The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


WINNER: Venice International Film Festival 2017 - Orizzonti Competition - Best Screenplay Award, Fipresci Award, Interfilm Award

FESTIVALS: Toronto IFF 2017 - Discovery Section | CPH PIX 2017 - Main Competition
Mumbai IFF 2017 - International Competition | Busan IFF 2017 - Flash Forward Section
Chicago IFF 2017 - New Directors Competition | Sao Paulo IFF 2017 - New Filmmakers Competition
Taipei Golden Horse FF 2017 - Faraway So Close Section | Thessaloniki IFF 2017 - Opens Horizons Section

About Oblivion Verses

The elderly caretaker of a remote morgue possesses an impeccable memory for everything but names. He passes his days showing corpses to those searching for their lost ones and tending to his beloved plants. When protest in a nearby city breaks out and the militia covertly raids the morgue to hide civilian casualties, he discovers the body of an unknown young woman. Evoking memories of personal loss, he embarks on a magical odyssey to give her a proper burial with the help of a mystic gravedigger who collects stories of the dead, an old woman searching for her long-lost daughter, and a hearse driver tormented by his past.

Provided courtesy of Urban Distribution International. Not rated. Running time: 92 minutes.

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About the Guest

ALIREZA KHATAMI (Writer, Director)

Alireza Khatami (1980, Iran) is an independent filmmaker whose trademark is folding fantasy elements into otherwise realistic narratives. His works explore themes of memory, trauma and identity politics with dark humor and unapologetic wit. Alireza started his career in 2000 as an assistant to several prominent Iranian directors, including Asghar Farhadi. He later studied visual effects in Malaysia, and then went on to receive his Master of Fine Arts degree in film production from the Savannah College of Art & Design. His latest short film Mr. Chang’s New Address premiered at Directors’ Fortnight of Cannes Film Festival in 2013. After teaching cinema in Beirut for three years he moved to Chicago, where he is now an assistant professor in the School of Cinematic Arts at DePaul University.

Director's Note

Oblivion Verses is inspired by tragic events that are close to my heart. For years I did not have the courage to revisit these memories. It was only after mediating the events through a different language and geography could I speak of it and understand that historical amnesia prepares the way for violence to be repeated. Oblivion Verses is about the ethical demand to remember the past and resist the violence of forgetting as a form of personal redemption. A reflection on the politics of memory, it is a poetic homage to those who fight to seek justice for the unknown.

-- Alireza Khatami

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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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About USC PACSA (Persian Academic and Cultural Student Association)

The Persian Academic and Cultural Student Association, is a nonprofit, nonreligious, and nonpartisan student-run organization that advances the rights, interests and culture of Iranian students at USC. When you join PACSA, you’re given a voice, in both your education and community, and a chance to be part of a strong network of future professionals. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop the leadership skills that will benefit you throughout your life. With a large audience and sufficient funding from our sponsors, we have the resources to put together active, purposeful, impactful, even inspirational events. Thus, regardless of where your interests lie, you should have no problem finding like-minded individuals with whom to make your mark as a contributing member of USC PACSA.

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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 the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago