3000 Nights: women and baby
 

3000 Nights

by Mai Masri
Product Availability
Institutional, Community Screenings, Educational, Festivals
About the Film

Palestinian filmmaker Mai Masri’s stunning feature debut is 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.

Distribution Availability: Canada
2015  ·  1h43m  ·  France, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian Territory
Arabic, English, French
English, French subs
Festivals and Awards
2016
Washington DC International Film Festival, USA, Circle Jury Award
2016
Paysages de Cinéastes Festival, France, Youth Jury Award
2016
Paysages de Cinéastes Festival, France, Women’s Jury Award
2016
Annonay International Film Festival, France, Audience Award
2016
International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, Switzerland, Young Jury Award
2016
Taormina International Film Festival, Italy, TaoEdu Youth Award
2016
Malmo Arab Film Festival, Sweden , Best Film & Audience Award
2016
Rotterdam Arab Camera Film Festival, Netherlands, Audience Award
2016
Twin City Arab Camera Film Festival, USA, Audience Award
2016
European Film Festival, Official Selection
2016
Traverse City Film Festival, Official Selection
2016
Seattle International Film Festival, Official Selection
2016
Toronto Palestine Film Festival, Official Selection
2016
Annaba Mediterranean Film Festival, Official Selection
2016
Tetouan Mediterranean Film Festival, Official Selection
2016
Boston Palestine Film Festival, Official Selection
2016
Asian World Film Festival, Official Selection
2016
Mediterranean Film Festival of Annaba, Algeria, Best Actress Award
2016
Goa International Film Festival, Official Selection
2016
San Fransisco Arab Film Festival, Official Selection
2016
Washington DC Internation Film Festival, Official Selection
2016
Stockholm International Film Festival, Official Selection
2016
Festival Arte Mare, Bastia, France, Kantara Award
2016
Sydney Internation Film Festival, Official Selection
2016
Le Festival du Film Arabe de Fameck, France , Press Prize
2016
Palm Springs International Film Festival, Official Selection
2015
Toronto International Film Festival, Official Selection
2015
BUSAN International Film Festival, Official Selection
2015
BFI London Film Festival, Official Selection
2015
Dubai International Film Festival, Official Selection
2015
Talinn Black Night Film Festival, Official Selection
2015
WIFTS (Women‘s International Film & Television Showcase), USA, Jury Award
2015
Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain, Audience Award
2011
Carthage Film Festival, Tunisia, Best Screenplay
Screenings
March 12, 2019
Part of Hamilton Voices of Palestine Film Series (Hamilton, ON)
August 17, 2019
Tiff Bell Lightbox (Toronto, ON)
November 29, 2018
Regards palestiniens, Cinémathèque québécoise (Montreal, QC)
October 30, 2018
SPHR Dawson (Montreal, QC)
Credits
Editor
Michele Tyan
Cinematographer
Gilles Porte
Producer
Mai Masri, Sabine Sidawi, Charlotte Uzu
Sound Editor
Rena Eid
Translator
May Makarem

“3000 Nights is a strong and important film that tells a story we should all hear. Please see this film and see it now!”

“A poetic, compelling and raw allegory for freedom under occupation.”

“A Gripping Tale of Injustice and the Triumph of the Human Spirit.”

“Masri's mastery of her cinematic craft enables a vision of colonial incarceration that no mere critical thinking can do.”

About the Director

Mai Masri

Mai Masri is a Palestinian filmmaker who studied at San Francisco State University, USA. Her films were screened worldwide and won over 90 awards. Recognized for her work that focuses on women and children in a humanistic and poetic approach, her feature film, 3000 Nights (2015) had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival and won 28 awards. Mai worked closely with her late husband filmmaker, Jean Chamoun and earned international acclaim with her films: Children of Fire, Woman for Her Time, Children of Shatila, Frontiers of Dreams and Fears, Beirut Diaries, 33 Days, War Generation, Suspended Dreams, Under the Rubble, Wildflowers.

(Image by Nicolas Spiess via IMEU. Biography courtesy of the Institute for Palestine Studies.)

 
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