November 17, 2019, 6:00 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 Cohen Media Group invite you and a guest to attend a special screening of

Tel Aviv on Fire

Directed by Sameh Zoabi
Written by Dan Kleinman and Sameh Zoabi
Produced by Amir Harel, Bernard Michaux,
Miléna Poylo, and Gilles Sacuto

Followed by a Q&A with Sameh Zoabi

6:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 17th, 2019

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


WON: Venice Film Festival – Best Actor, Kais Nashif
WON: Venice Film Festival – Interfilm Award
WON: Haifa International Film Festival – Best Film & Best Screenplay
WON: Seattle International Film Festival – Audience Award, Best Film
WON: Ophir Awards (Israeli Academy Awards) - Best Original Screenplay (Sameh Zoabi)
NOMINEE: Ophir Awards - Best Narrative Film, Best Supporting Actor, Best Casting
NOMINEE: European Film Awards – Best Comedy Film


Luxembourg's official entry for Best International Film at the 92nd Academy Awards

About Tel Aviv on Fire

Salam, an inexperienced Palestinian production assistant, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise – until the soldier and the show's financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle. With Salam’s fate in the hands of an unlikely ally, Tel Aviv On Fire offers a uniquely comic perspective on the day-to-day realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Provided courtesy of Cohen Media Group. Rated R. Running time: 97 minutes. In Hebrew and Arabic, with English subtitles.

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About the Guest

SAMEH ZOABI (Writer, Director)

Sameh Zoabi was born and raised in Iksal, a Palestinian village near Nazareth. He graduated from Tel Aviv University in Film Studies and English Literature, then received a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue an M.F.A. in Film Direction from the School of the Arts at Columbia University. He’s also the recipient of prestigious residencies at the Cannes Festival Cinefondation as well as the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.

Zoabi’s unique voice was recognized by Filmmaker Magazine and he was named one of the "Top 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema." His work has been shown and has won awards at many international film festivals, including Cannes, Toronto, Locarno, Sundance, Karlovy Vary, New Directors/New Films and the New York Film Festival.

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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 5:30 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