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February 4, 2020, 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 USC School of Cinematic Arts, Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life, Hebrew Union College, USC-Israeli Arts Initiative, and HBO, invite you and a guest to attend a special screening and discussion of

Our Boys - Episode 7: Judging by its End

Series Created by Hagai Levi, Tawfik Abu Wael, and Joseph Cedar
Directed by Tawfik Abu Wael and Joseph Cedar

Followed by a Panel Discussion with Hagai Levi,
Slava Greenberg, Ph.D., and Dr. Yaffa Weisman, Ph.D.,
Moderated by Dr. Michael Renov, SCA Vice Dean, Academic Affairs

7:00 PM on Tuesday, February 4th, 2019
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



About Our Boys

In the summer of 2014, three Jewish teenagers are kidnapped and murdered by Hamas militants. Israel is shocked, shaken and furious. Two days later, the burned body of a Palestinian teenager from eastern Jerusalem is found in a forest on the western outskirts of the city. In the ensuing days, an agent from the internal terror division of the Shin Bet investigates the murder, while the parents of the slain teenager begin their long and anguished journey toward justice and consolation.

Filmed in Israel, Our Boys is based on the true events which led to the outbreak of war in Gaza. The series follows the investigation of Mohammed Abu Khdeir’s murder, and tells the story of all those involved, Jews and Arabs alike, whose lives were forever changed by these events.

Episode 7: Judging by its End

Avishai takes Simon through the sequence of events that led to Mohammed's kidnapping and murder, revisiting key locations and recreating the crimes for police cameras. Desperate for atonement, a guilty Avishai slowly pieces together what happened, as Simon begins to realize the extent of his involvement in that fateful night.

Provided courtesy of HBO. Rated TV-MA. Running time: 58 minutes.

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About the Panelists

HAGAI LEVI (Writer, Series Creator)

Hagai Levi was born in Sha'alvim, a small religious Kibbutz in Israel, and live in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Recently, Levi co-created, co-directed and co-produced the HBO series OUR BOYS, that aired in to US and other countries from August 2019. Levi is a Golden Globe winner for co-creating and co-producing the series THE AFFAIR (Showtime, 2014), which aired 5 seasons and received some more Emmy and Golden Globe awards. In 2013, Levi created and directed the highly acclaimed Israeli mini-series, "THE ACCURSED" (HOT, Israel cable company).

In 2005, Levi created, co-produced and co-directed the Israeli TV series "BE'TIPUL", later adapted to the HBO's series "IN TREATMENT" (2007-2010, 106 episodes), which won several Emmy and Golden Globe awards; Levi served also as an executive producer of "In Treatment" and directed several episodes fin it. "Be'Tipul" had been adapted and re-made in another 18 countries, including Italy, France, Russia, Canada, The Netherlands, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, China and more.

As his first television work, Levi created, co-produced and co-directed the anthology series "SHORT STORIES ABOUT LOVE" (1996, Keshet Broadcasting), which won twice the Israeli Academy Awards for best drama. Levi also directed and co-created the medical drama mini-series "101 (2000)''; co-created and co-produced the daily drama "Love Around The Corner" (2002, 270 episodes), and directed and co-wrote the TV single drama "Premiere" (2002); among others.

In 1993, as his first work after graduating the Tel Aviv University's film and TV department, Levi wrote, directed and co-produced the feature film "AUGUST SNOW" (1993). Levi also produced several documentaries, among them "It Kinda Scares Me" (2001, won the Melbourne, Turin and Haifa international Film Festivals), and served as a story/script editor for numerous Israeli drama series.

Levi was a film critic for 10 years, as well as lecturer in the leading film schools in Israel, and was the head of drama department in the leading Israeli TV channel "Keshet Broadcasting" (2003-2006).


Slava Greenberg was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by the USC Casden Institute researching the role of Jewish filmmakers in promoting gender diversity and nonconformity in U.S. film and television (Jan. 2020). He earned a Ph.D. from The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University. Slava is a scholar exploring the potential of mainstream and emerging media forms to offer embodied experiences, in reference to LGBTQIA+ studies, gender, and disability studies. His analysis of animation, spectatorship, and disability challenges film theories’ vision-centric articulation of the ‘viewer,’ and dichotomist perceptions of cinematic sound as either ‘deaf’ or ‘hearing.’ He serves as the co-editor of Fireflies: Journal of Film and Television, and his articles have appeared in Animation: an Interdisciplinary Journal, Review of Disability Studies, Frames Cinema Journal, and forthcoming in TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly and Jewish Film and New Media. He also contributed a chapter to Documentary and Disability (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Slava has presented on issues within gender, disability studies and trans* studies at different academic conferences around the world (e.g. Society for Cinema and Media Studies, American Comparative Literature Association, Visible Evidence).


Dr. Weisman, was born and educated in Israel, where she received her B.A. in Theatre Studies. While studying for her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California, she began working at the Frances-Henry Library in Los Angeles. Upon receiving her doctorate, Dr. Weisman began teaching at HUC-JIR and at The Louchheim School of Judaic Studies. She was appointed as the Frances-Henry Library Director in 2000.

Dr. Weisman is a writer, translator and literary critic in the areas of feminist and theatre studies and creative liturgies, and is a regular book reviewer in the Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter, and in the Catholic Library Association Newsletter. Dr. Weisman was elected as Vice-President/President Elect of the Association of Jewish Libraries in 2012, where she currently heads a Strategic Planning process.

DR. MICHAEL RENOV, Ph.D. (Moderator, Haskell Wexler Endowed Chair in Documentary)

Michael Renov, professor of Critical Studies and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, is the author of Hollywood's Wartime Woman: Representation and Ideology and The Subject of Documentary, editor of Theorizing Documentary, and co-editor of Resolutions: Contemporary Video Practices, Collecting Visible EvidenceThe SAGE Handbook of Film Studies and Cinema’s Alchemist: The Films of Peter Forgacs.

In 1993, Renov co-founded Visible Evidence, a series of international and highly interdisciplinary documentary studies conferences that have, to date, been held on five continents. He is one of three general editors for the Visible Evidence book series at the University of Minnesota Press, which has published 27 volumes on various aspects of nonfiction media since 1997. In 2005, he co-programmed the 51st annual Robert Flaherty Seminar, a week-long gathering of documentary filmmakers, curators, and educators, creating 20 screening programs and filmmaker dialogues on the theme "Cinema and History."

In addition to curating documentary programs around the world, he has served as a jury member at documentary festivals including Sundance, Silverdocs, the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival, Brazil's It's All True, the International Environmental Festival of Film and Video, also in Brazil, and DocLisboa in Portugal. He has taught graduate seminars at the University of Stockholm, Tel Aviv University and Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and has led documentary workshops in Jordan for the Royal Film Commission and in Cyprus. Renov's teaching and research interests include documentary theory, autobiography in film and video, video art and activism, and representations of the Holocaust.

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

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