November 26, 2019, 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 Crossing Bridges Films invite you and a guest to attend a special screening of


Directed by Antoneta Kastrati
Written by Antoneta Kastrati and Casey Cooper Johnson
Produced by Casey Cooper Johnson

Followed by a Q&A with Antoneta Kastrati
and Casey Cooper Johnson

Moderated by Vera Mijojlic, Artistic Director of the
South East European Film Festival (SEEfest)

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 26th, 2019
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival 2019

Kosovo’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 92nd Academy Awards

About Zana

An Albanian woman, Lume, lives with her husband, Ilir, and mother-in-law, Remzije, in their small Kosovar village. Haunted by night terrors, childless and unable to get pregnant, Lume is relentlessly pressured by Remzije to fulfill her wifely duties - if Lume cannot produce a child, her mother-in-law threatens, it will be Remzije's responsibility to bring in a younger and more eager prospective wife for her son to consider.

Bowing under the pressure of being replaced, Lume concedes to abandon modern medicine and seek the help of witch doctors and mystic healers to treat her infertility. Lume's appointments, first to a local witch doctor and then to a famed (and costly) televangelist healer, do seem to yield results as Lume finds herself pregnant at last. But while the family celebrates, Lume's long-suppressed traumas from the war slowly rise to torment her again, convincing Remzije and Ilir that Lume is possessed by evil spirits, and extreme caution must be taken to protect the unborn child.

Provided courtesy of Crossing Bridges Films. Not rated. Running time: 97 minutes. In Albanian, with English subtitles.

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About the Guests

ANTONETA KASTRATI (Writer, Director)

Antoneta Kastrati is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker from Kosovo. After surviving the war in the late 1990s, she began making documentary films of the issues of postwar society with her sister, Sevdije. She has a Masters in Journalism and completed the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. She has since directed a number of award winning documentaries and narrative shorts. Her most recent short She Comes In Spring premiered at Busan Film Festival. Zana is Antoneta's debut feature film.

CASEY COOPER JOHNSON (Co-Writer, Producer)

Prior to Hollywood, Casey lived for 10 years in post-war Kosovo, producing documentaries and television, including internationally syndicated current affairs show, Life in Kosovo. At the American Film Institute, he wrote and directed short film Unmanned, it screened at AFI Fest and Tribeca Film Festival. He has participated in Film Independent and the Rotterdam Labs. Creator/EP of the Oculus VR series, Campfire Creepers, was Director/EP of Urban Nightmares series on the blackpills channel. Currently completing a documentary for Brave New Films on voter suppression in US elections.

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 $14.00 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