November 5, 2019, 1:00 P.M.

The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre at the Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office] and Jour2Fête invite you and a guest to attend a special screening of


Written and Directed by Mounia Meddour
Produced by Xavier Gens, Gregoire Gensollen, Patrick André, Belkacem Hadjadj, and Mounia Meddour

Followed by a Q&A with Mounia Meddour

1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre
The Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC)
3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


WORLD PREMIERE: Cannes Film Festival 2019 – Official Selection, Un Certain Regard
WON: Cannes Film Festival 2019 – Cineduc Award, Prix Coupé de Cœur
WON: Pauillac Film Festical 2019 – Best Film
WON: Festival du Film Francophone D’Angoulême – Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Audience Award
WON: Les Vendanges du 7ème Art – Audience Award
WON: El Gouna Film Festival – Best Arab Narrative Film
WON: Festival Paysages de Cinéastes de Chatenay Malabry – Grand Jury Prize, Audience Award


Algeria’s official entry for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards

About Papicha

Against the backdrop of the 1990’s Algerian Civil War, 18-year-old student Nedjma refuses to let rising political tension prevent her from pursuing her dream of fashion design. As Islamic radicalization increases around her, Nedjma rejects oppressive policies like forced hijab wearing by staging an illicit fashion show to defend freedom of expression and femininity for Algerian women.

As the debut feature by Mounia Meddour, Papicha tells the gripping tale of one young woman’s resistance during the Algerian Civil War of the 1990’s. Inspired by the director’s own experience growing up in the capital of Algiers, the film premiered as an official selection at Cannes and has racked up nine other prizes for its authentic exploration of female friendships, and the resilience that takes hold in the wake of political turmoil. Papicha’s rebellious lead is played by Lyna Khoudri, a Venice Film Festival award-winning actress set to star in Wes Anderson’s 2020 feature.

Provided courtesy of Jour2Fête. Not rated. Running time: 105 minutes. In Arabic, French, and English, with English subtitles.

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About the Guest

MOUNIA MEDDOUR (Director, Writer, Producer)

Mounia Meddour was born and raised in Algeria. At the age of 18, she moved to France with her family as a result of death threats they received during the Algerian Civil War. She studied journalism before joining the summer directing program at La Fe?mis in Paris. Her first short film, Edwige (2011) won the Cine?+ Award at the Saint-Jean-de-Luz Festival, the UniFrance Short Film Award and was featured in several festivals including Dubai International Film Festival. Papicha is her first feature-film.

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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 12:30 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 o longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC) is located at 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007. We recommend parking in the Shrine Auditorium lot on 32nd Street, across from RZC.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago