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CIRCLE AWARD

3000 Nights

3000 Layla

MAI MASRI
Palestine, France, Qatar, Jordan, UAE, Lebanon, 2015
103 minutes, Color
Official website

In Person: Director Mai Masri

Documentary filmmaker Mai Masri (Beirut Diaries) turned to fiction to convey what she learned through deep research into the condition of Palestinian women in Israeli prisons. It is 1980. Layla (Maisa Abd Elhadi) is unaccountably thrown into a police van on a rainy night and then convicted of abetting a young accused Palestinian she picked up hitchhiking. That is just the door to the rabbit hole: Amid the tensions and inevitable rebellion of Palestinian political prisoners and Israeli criminals thrown together, Layla finds that she is pregnant. She gives birth, chained to a bed, and is allowed to keep the child, a boy who has ready aunties in her cellmates. Shot in a former military prison in Jordan, 3000 Nights has a striking authenticity. Layla is a real, if composite, character, and her boy, raised Room-like in a prison, is a cipher and a symbol of the Palestinian experience.—Judy Bloch

In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles

CIRCLE AWARD

3000 Nights

3000 Layla

MAI MASRI
Palestine, France, Qatar, Jordan, UAE, Lebanon, 2015
103 minutes, Color
Official website

In Person: Director Mai Masri

Documentary filmmaker Mai Masri (Beirut Diaries) turned to fiction to convey what she learned through deep research into the condition of Palestinian women in Israeli prisons. It is 1980. Layla (Maisa Abd Elhadi) is unaccountably thrown into a police van on a rainy night and then convicted of abetting a young accused Palestinian she picked up hitchhiking. That is just the door to the rabbit hole: Amid the tensions and inevitable rebellion of Palestinian political prisoners and Israeli criminals thrown together, Layla finds that she is pregnant. She gives birth, chained to a bed, and is allowed to keep the child, a boy who has ready aunties in her cellmates. Shot in a former military prison in Jordan, 3000 Nights has a striking authenticity. Layla is a real, if composite, character, and her boy, raised Room-like in a prison, is a cipher and a symbol of the Palestinian experience.--Judy Bloch

In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles


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Mai Masri (Director/Writer)

Mai Masri is a U.S.-educated Palestinian filmmaker. Born in 1959 in Amman, Jordan, to a Palestinian father and an American mother, Masri was raised in Beirut, Lebanon. Her award-winning filmmaking has been informed by a "profound sense of injustice," and focuses on Palestine and the Middle East. Her features include 33 Days (2007), Children of Shatila (1998), Wild Flowers: Women of South Lebanon (1986), and Under the Rubble (1983).
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