January 13, 2020 - January 27, 2020, 1:00 P.M. - 4:50 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 USC School of Cinematic Arts Invites
USC Students of ALL MAJORS to Register
for the Spring 2020 Semester Course:


Shaping the World with Cinematic Arts

Section #17844R - 2.0 Units

Taught by Luis Moreno Ocampo, Founding Chief Prosecutor - International Criminal Court
& Ted Braun, Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair of Cinematic Ethics

Mondays from 1:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
George Lucas Building, SCA Complex


Find CNTV-499 on the USC Schedule of Classes:

What is the place of art in a time of global crisis? This course explores how the cinematic arts bring stories of mass crimes to the world and presents the national and international institutions that aspire to protect individuals. The course invites students to investigate the interplay between global crisis and the cinematic arts– the ways in which different narratives define conflict and the institutions meant to protect people from conflict. Luis Moreno Ocampo will co-teach this course with Professor Ted Braun, Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair of Cinematic Ethics. The course is open to graduate and undergraduate students from any major at the College and any USC School. There are no prerequisites.

Films and television series to be screened and discussed include: Game of Thrones, Homeland, 24, Star Wars, Battle of Algiers, The Godfather, Citizenfour, The Act of Killing, Kony 2012, Collateral Murder, and Judgment at Nuremberg.

About Luis Moreno Ocampo
Founding Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC)

Luis Moreno Ocampo was the founding Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague, serving from 2003 until 2012. During his tenure, his office was involved in twenty of the most serious crises of the 21st century including the War in Iraq and Afghanistan, genocide in Darfur, the conflict between Palestine and Israel, Korea and Colombia. He conducted investigations in seven different countries, presenting charges against 29 individuals, including, Joseph Kony in Uganda, Muammar Gaddafi for crimes against humanity committed in Libya, and the President of the Sudan, Omar Al Bashir, for genocide in Darfur.

After his tenure at the ICC, Mr. Moreno Ocampo served as the Chairman of the World Bank’s External Panel of Experts with Respect to Allegations of Corruption under the Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project in Bangladesh. He has served as a visiting professor at Stanford University and New York University Law School, and most recently, served as Associate Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. In their 2011 guide to people risking their reputations, fortunes and lives in pursuit of big ideas, The Atlantic named him one of its "Brave Thinkers". That same year Foreign Policy magazine designated him one of its "100 Top Global Thinkers".

This spring, Mr. Moreno Ocampo joins the School of Cinematic Arts as a visiting professor, leading a course on global narratives and an innovative interdisciplinary research lab in the Division of Media Arts and Practice. Both endeavors are designed to explore the moral responsibility practitioners of the cinematic arts and other disciplines have to the problems of the world. They will engage some of the most fundamental questions of identity, social responsibility, legal systems and the moral inflection of technology and the arts.

About Ted Braun
Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair of Cinematic Ethics

Writer-director Ted Braun’s critically acclaimed first feature film, Darfur Now won the NAACP Image Award for best documentary of 2007 and was named one of 2007’s top five documentaries by the National Board of Review and the Broadcast Critics Association. The film was produced by the Academy Award™ winning producer of Crash, Cathy Schulman, Academy Award™ nominee Don Cheadle, and three-time Academy Award™ winning documentarian Mark Jonathan Harris. Warner Brothers distributed Darfur Now worldwide and financed along with Participant Media, which spearheaded a global social action campaign.

For his work writing and directing the film, the International Documentary Association awarded Braun their 2007 Emerging Filmmaker of the Year. In addition, the Winter 2008 issue of Movie Maker Magazine named him, along with Errol Morris, Oliver Stone, and Robert Redford one of 25 filmmakers whose work has changed the world.

Since then he’s continued to work in non-fiction across documentary and scripted forms with a focus on global conflict. His most recent feature documentary Betting On Zero, explores the high stakes battle between hedge fund CEO Bill Ackman and Herbalife and was produced by Glen Zipper, producer of the Academy Award™ winning feature documentary, Undefeated. Betting On Zero premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in the World Doc Competition where it received a special jury mention for investigative work. The film was the number four documentary on iTunes for 2017, is 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and was nominated for a WGA award for best feature documentary screenplay of 2017.

Prior to Darfur Now, Braun wrote and directed award winning short form fictional films and documentaries for HBO, PBS, A&E and The Discovery Channel on topics ranging from test pilots of aviation’s golden age to the battle for the rights of the developmentally disabled.

Braun taught screenwriting at Amherst College (the first to do so) before joining the faculty at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts where he teaches screenwriting and is the Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair in Cinematic Ethics. He’s a recipient of the University’s Phi Kappa Phi faculty recognition award. He regularly lectures, conducts seminars, and serves as a consultant internationally and in the US. His students have won or been nominated for some of the most prestigious cinema and television prizes: Academy Awards, the Palme d’Or, Emmys, Sundance Festival Awards, and European Media Prizes. In their April 2018 Report on the Best Film Schools, Variety Magazine named him one of world’s ten Top Teachers in Film and TV.

Contact Information

Name: Ted Braun