War, Justice, and Democracy in the Films of Steven Spielberg Presents: MUNICH (2005)

April 2, 2024, 6:30 P.M.

Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC School of Cinematic Arts, USC Visions & Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative,
Amblin Entertainment, and Universal Pictures, invite you and a guest to attend

War, Justice, and Democracy
in the Films of Steven

A series of seven screenings and conversations hosted by Luis Moreno Ocampo & Ted Braun
Continuing on Tuesday, April 2nd with a Special Theatrical Screening of

MUNICH (2005)

Nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture & Best Director - Steven Spielberg

Followed by a Q&A with Screenwriter Eric Roth,
in conversation with Luis Moreno Ocampo and Ted Braun

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Screenplay by Tony Kushner and Eric Roth

Based on the Book by George Jonas,
Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team

Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg,
Barry Mendel, and Colin Wilson

6:30 P.M. on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024

Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall
University of Southern California
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007



War, Justice, and Democracy in the Films of Steven Spielberg is generously sponsored by
USC Visions and Voices

About Munich (2005)

Inspired by real events, Munich reveals the intense story of the secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and assassinate the 11 Palestinians believed to have planned the 1972 Munich massacre of 11 Israeli athletes – and the personal toll this mission of revenge takes on the team and the man who led it. Hailed as “tremendously exciting” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), Steven Spielberg’s explosive suspense thriller garnered five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Provided Courtesy of Universal Pictures. Rated R. Running time: 164 minutes.

About War, Justice, and Democracy in the Films of Steven Spielberg

Founding Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno Ocampo, and Ted Braun, Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair in Cinematic Ethics, examine how the films of Steven Spielberg have articulated and shaped global narratives of war, justice, and democracy in the 21st century. Accompanying screenings of six of Spielberg’s major late films, the program will offer analysis by Ocampo and Braun in conversation with, schedules permitting, the writers of Saving Private RyanSchindler’s ListBridge of SpiesMunichMinority Report, and Lincoln, and an evening with Steven Spielberg, schedule depending. The program explores how this group of Spielberg’s films connect emotion with thought - connect the human lives of characters with institutional ideas that promote national democracy and transcend borders.

About the Guests

ERIC ROTH (Screenwriter)

Academy Award winner Eric Roth attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, Columbia University, and UCLA. His first produced screenplay was Robert Mulligan’s “The Nickel Ride,” which premiered at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival.

Among the movies Mr. Roth has written include “The Drowning Pool” with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, “Suspect” starring Cher, Dennis Quaid and Liam Neesan, “Mr. Jones” starring Richard Gere, and “Rhapsody in August” for the legendary director Akira Kurosawa. He wrote the Academy Award Winning for Best Picture “Forrest Gump” for which he won the Oscar and the Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Other films include “The Horse Whisperer” directed by and starring Robert Redford, “The Insider” for which he was nominated along with Michael Mann for Best Adapted Screenplay, “Ali” directed by Michael Mann and starring Will Smith, “Munich” directed by Steven Spielberg for which he was nominated along with Tony Kushner for Best Adapted Screenplay, “The Good Shepherd” directed by Robert De Niro and starring Matt Damon, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett for which he was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” directed by Stephen Daldry starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, “A Star is Born” starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga for which he was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay along with Bradley Cooper and Will Fetters. He produced David Fincher’s “Mank” starring Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried which was nominated in 2021 for Best Picture. In 2022 he was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay along with Denis Villeneuve and Jon Spaihts for “Dune” directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya. He wrote with Martin Scorsese “Killers of the Flower Moon,” directed by Mr. Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Lily Gladstone, which was nominated in 2024 for a Best Picture Academy Award as well as for a BAFTA Award for Best Film, a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture and Best Screenplay, and a WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

In television, Mr. Roth was the executive producer of five-time Emmy Award nominated Best Drama “House of Cards” for Netflix, “Berlin Station” for Paramount Television and Epix, and 2018 Emmy Award nominated Outstanding Limited Series “The Alienist” for Paramount Television and TNT. He is executive producing with Billy Crystal the show “Before” for Apple Television. Most recently, Mr. Roth wrote with Robert Zemeckis the upcoming “Here” directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks and Robin Wright for Miramax and Sony Studios.

Mr. Roth won the prestigious Laurel Award for Screen in 2012, the Writers Guild of America West’s lifetime achievement award. Mr. Roth has written the most Best Picture nominations (nine). Along with John Houston, he has written the most nominated Adapted Screenplays (six). He lives in Los Angeles and has 7 children and 6 grandchildren.

LUIS MORENO OCAMPO (Founding Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court)

Luis Moreno Ocampo was the Founding Chief Prosecutor of the new and permanent International Criminal Court (2003-12). There are seven documentaries presenting parts of his work at the ICC, including Darfur Now and Kony 2012. Previously, he had a critical role during the transition to Democracy in Argentina. He was Deputy Prosecutor in the trial against the "Military Junta," a case depicted in the Amazon production, Argentina 1985, a 2023 Academy Award nominee for Best International Feature Film, and 2023 Golden Globe winner.

Currently, he lectures at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts on films and war, crimes, and justice. Previously he was a Visiting Professor at Stanford, and Harvard University, Law School. In November 2022 Oxford University Press published his book “War and Justice in the 21st Century,” describing his nine years of practice as the ICC’s Chief Prosecutor. He is presently involved in private practice assisting Armenian people suffering a genocide in 2023.

TED BRAUN (SCA Professor, Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair in Cinematic Ethics)

Writer-Director Ted Braun’s feature documentary, ¡Viva Maestro!, about conductor Gustavo Dudamel, premiered theatrically in 2022, was nominated for the WGA award for best feature documentary of 2022, and is currently streaming on MAX. Set against unfolding violence and social unrest in Dudamel’s home of Venezuela the film is an exploration of art in a time of political crisis. It’s his second film with Participant which co-financed his feature debut Darfur Now. Darfur Now was named one of 2007’s top five documentaries by the National Board of Review, won the International Documentary Association’s Emerging Filmmaker Award and the NAACP Image Award. His docu-thriller Betting On Zero received a WGA nomination for best feature documentary of 2017, and a special jury mention for investigative work at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Braun teaches screenwriting at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and is the Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair in Cinematic Ethics. In 2018 Variety named him one of the world’s Top Ten Teachers in Film and TV.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. A reservation confirmation will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:00 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.

Accessibility Needs

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Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu