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3000 Nights - Distribution


3000 NIGHTS by Mai Masri

Cinema Politica is proud to be the Canadian distributor of Mai Masri's feature drama 3000 NIGHTS, a deeply human exploration of the Israeli occupation of Palestine through a young mother’s journey of hope, resilience and survival against all odds. Below you can read the film's synopsis, learn about the fllmmaker, and—importantly—book this gripping award-winning feature film for a screening in your community or at your festival/institution today! 


Director: Mai Masri
Running time: 103 minutes
Languages: Arabic, with English and French subtitles
Release: 2015

Inspired by a true story and shot in a real prison, 3000 Nights traces a young mother’s journey of hope, resilience and survival against all odds. Accused of helping a teenage boy on the run, Layal, a newlywed Palestinian schoolteacher, finds herself incarcerated in a top security prison for Palestinian and Israeli women. After Layal discovers that she is pregnant, the prison director pressures her to get an abortion and spy on the Palestinian inmates. Terrified but defiant, she gives birth to her child in chains. Through her struggle to raise her son behind bars, Layal manages to find a sense of hope and meaning to her life. When prison conditions deteriorate and the Palestinian prisoners decide to strike, the prison director warns her against joining the strike and threatens to take her child away. In a moment of truth, Layal is forced to make a choice that will forever change her life.

To learn more, visit the official website of the film and watch the film's trailer.


“3000 Nights is a strong and important film that tells a story we should all hear. Please see this film and see it now!”
- Ken Loach, Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 2016

A poetic, compelling and raw allegory for freedom under occupation.
- BFI London Film Festival, UK 

A Gripping Tale of Injustice and the Triumph of the Human Spirit.”
- Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA

Masri's mastery of her cinematic craft enables a vision of colonial incarceration that no mere critical thinking can do.”
- Hamid Dabashi, Al Jazeera


Mai Masri is a Palestinian filmmaker who studied film at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University. She directed and produced several award-winning films that have been screened worldwide. She founded Nour Productions in 1995 with her husband, filmmaker Jean Chamoun. Her films have received over 60 international awards including the Luchino Visconti Award in Italy 2003, the Asia Pacific Screen Award in Australia 2007, and the Mipdoc Trailblazer award in Cannes, 2011.


To obtain an educational or institutional license for 3000 NIGHTS for an institution, click here and fill in the educational request form.


To book 3000 NIGHTS for a film festival, a grassroots screening or a community event, simply follow this link to our online booking form, or scroll to the bottom of this page where you'll find the form. We'll get back to you in a jiffy.


Hamilton, ON
- March 12, 2019, 6:30PM
, Part of Hamilton Voices of Palestine Film Series, New Vision United Church(24 Main St W)

Toronto, ON
- Aug 17, 2019, 6:30PM
, Tiff Bell Lightbox, (350 King Street W.)

Montreal, QC
- Nov 29, 2018, 9PM
, Regards palestiniens, Cinémathèque québécoise, (335 de Maisonneuve E.)

Montreal, QC
- October 30, 2018, 6PM
, SPHR Dawson, Dawson College, (3040 Sherbrooke W.)

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