October 26, 2018, 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

The Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI), the USC Middle Eastern Students Association (MESA),
and Outside the Box [Office],
invite you and a guest to attend a special screening of

  Battle Fields     &    Tunis By Night


7:00 P.M. on Friday, October 26th, 2018

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


The screenings will begin with Battle Fields (19 min.), followed by a Q&A with Cast & Crew,
then followed by Tunis By Night (91 min.)

About Battle Fields

Battle Fields Movie - Trailer from Amblem Pictures on Vimeo.

Battle Fields is the story of a chance encounter between a US Veteran of Iraq whose life spirals out of control because of PTSD and an Iraqi Limo driver who lives in LA as a refugee. As the two men begin discovering each other’s backgrounds, tensions mount leading to the most unexpected circumstances.

Written and Directed by Anouar H. Smaine. Produced by Jonathan Angelier and Anouar H. Smaine.

Running time: 19 minutes.

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About Tunis By Night

Tunis, December 2010. Youssef Ben Younes, who has been the host of Tunisian National Radio’s late night show "Tunis By Night" for over two decades, is preparing for his final episode as he moves into retirement. How he approaches his final show, however, radically changes in the wake of a recent incident in the town of Sid Bouzi leading to the self-immolation of a young street vendor which instantly polarizes the nation as cries of revolution ring on the horizon. Does Youssef, faced with varied opinions and pressures from friends and colleagues, address the critical incident on his final show? Would it fan the flames, or ease weary hearts?

Drinking coffee, beer and smoking cigarettes at a cafe-bar around the block from the studio hours before showtime, he muses with friends — fellow outsiders and misfits — about what to do. Meanwhile, his family is falling apart, at home, removed from his busy work schedule and cafe life. Amal, his wife and mother to their two adult children, Amine and Aziza, is in the midst of a health crisis after recently undergoing breast removal surgery while trying to mediate her son and daughter’s constant clashing over questions of lifestyle choice. In response to Amine’s scathing, harsh criticism of drinking and coming home after-hours, habits she shares with her father, Aziza doesn’t hesitate to throw more fuel into an already tense situation by unapologetically mocking Amine’s religious beliefs and referencing an event that expelled him from the US by the FBI after 9/11, and continues her life disconnected from the ideals of her family, finding refuge in her rockband where she sings lead vocals. With the reality of Sid Bouzi framing the family’s story, which will eventually ripple though the region to birth the Arab Spring, our characters are forced to come to grips not only with each other, but a social climate charged with the energy of revolution.

Written & Directed by Elyes Baccar. Produced by Mohamed Ali Ben Hamra and Elyes Baccar.

Rated PG-13. Running time: 91 minutes. In Arabic, with English subtitles.

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About the Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI)

AFMI stands for Arab Film and Media Institute. We founded the Arab Film and Media Institute to fight all the bigotry and hate with powerful art and storytelling that fosters empathy and understanding of our common humanity, and to support Arab talent in the United States.

It is a new organization founded by the team behind the largest and oldest Arab Film Festival in North America. AFMI aims to be a complete ecosystem to find, nurture, and showcase Arab talent in the United States. Starting with organizing school screenings, and growing into offering filmmaker services and original programming, AFMI is the place for Arab cinema and its fans, and the home of the Arab Film Festival.

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About the USC Middle Eastern Students Association (MESA)

The purpose of this group is to build a network of USC students who are interested in the Middle East to participate in cultural events and to engage them in discussions about current affairs and possible solutions.

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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 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