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May 7, 2018, 8:30 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 the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University
invite you and a guest to attend a special screening of

People That Are Not Me

Written, Directed, and Produced
by Hadas Ben Aroya

8:30 P.M. on Monday, May 7th, 2018

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

WINNER: Mar del Plata IFF - Best Feat; ure Film Award; D’A Film Festival of Barcelona - Best Feature Film Award; Calgary Underground Film Festival - Best Feature Film Award; ZINEBI - Competition - Special Mention; Créteil International Women's Film Festival - Special Mention; Pesaro IFF - Competition - 1st Special Mention; Discovery of 2016 - Israeli Film Critiques Award

About People That Are Not Me

Joy can't let go of her ex, can't fall in love with the new guy, and can’t stop sleeping around with strangers. This is a story about young people in Tel Aviv who yearn for intimacy and are also terrified by it; who talk endlessly but never say anything authentic.

Provided courtesy of Tel Aviv University. Running time: 80 minutes.

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Director's Note

I wanted my first film to be about my friends. It was during my last semester at the Steve Tisch School of Film in Tel Aviv University, when I first realized I was, after all, part of something. Western society teaches young people that they are all special little unicorns. Well, I’m not. And I wanted to make a film about all those people who grew up thinking they were unicorns, about my friends and their non-unicorn lives, about whatever it is that unites and defines us. The great thing about making a movie about your friends is that inspiration is everywhere. I was sitting in a bar with a friend when this friend told me this story:

She was dating this guy, who wasn’t the sharpest pencil, but that’s just because he wasn’t being sarcastic like everyone else. So she wanted to sleep with him. In fact, she wanted to sleep with him so bad that he got nervous and could not get an erection. She gave up, but he wanted to spend the night. When she told him to go, he got dressed while mumbling, almost singing to himself: ‘Now that’s a life lesson, here’s a life lesson, a real-life life lesson’”.

I immediately knew I had my first scene. My movie is called “people that are not me”, but it really is about people who are just like me: Y-generation Tel Avivians trying to be intimate but ending up being sarcastic. Making a film about inauthentic people requires strict authenticity. That’s why I filmed every shot chronologically. That’s why I also cast non-actors. That’s how I ended up playing the leading role. You see, I wanted to make a film about me, about my friends and my generation. I wanted to make a film that is neither biographic nor pornographic, a film that will be representative of what many people my age are going through and struggling with. Hopefully, if the mirror I present is clear enough, I could make them laugh at themselves struggling.

-- Hadas Ben Aroya

About the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University

Established in 1972, the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television is Israel's leading institution of film and television studies. It is the largest film school in the country and has 850 enrolled students. The school’s program is unique for its combination of filmmaking practice with a broad theoretical curriculum in many degree tracks: Directing (BFA, MFA), Scriptwriting (BFA), Film Studies (BA, MA, PhD), and Digital Media (MFA). In 2016, the school was selected as one of the top 15 International film schools by The Hollywood Reporter magazine, for the third time.

A hundred short films are produced in the school annually. TAU's films go on to participate in hundreds of international film festivals around the world and win dozens of international awards annually. The school’s films have been nominated for the Student Academy Awards 6 times and have won twice. The school’s films have been awarded CILECT's prize for the best student film in the world for three years in a row. 14 of the school’s films have been selected for the Cinéfondation competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

The school has educated and raised generations of filmmakers and film scholars who are renowned for their crucial impact on Israeli cultural and the country's film and television industry. Many of TAU's graduates hold key positions in the Israeli film and television industries and leading roles in scholarship, criticism, and education in the field. Among them:

Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir, The Congress), Dover Koshashvili (Late Marriage, Infiltration), Gideon Raff (Prisoners of War, Homeland), Hagai Levi (BeTipul, In Treatment, The Affair), Eytan Fox (Walk on Water, The Bubble), Eran Riklis (Lemon Tree, The Human Resources Manager), Savi Gavison (Nina's Tragedies, Lovesick on Nana Street), Rafi Bukai (Avanti Popolo, Marco Polo), Aharon Kashales & Navot Papushado (Rabies, Big Bad Wolves), Tawfiq Abu Wael (Atash, Last Days in Jerusalem), Dror Moreh (The Gatekeepers), Tali Shalom Ezer (Princess), Elite Zexer (Sand Storm), Hadas Ben-Haroya (People That Are Not Me).

About Outside the Box [Office]

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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 8:15 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.

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Name: Alessandro Ago