Around Town: 3000 Nights - A Film by Mai Masri

Mon, October 30, 2017 7:00 pm at Anthology Film Archive

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Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY sponsors:
3000 Nights l Palestine l 2015 l 103 minutes l Mai Masri
Post-screening discussion with Director Mai Masri
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Film Synopsis:
Layla, a newlywed schoolteacher, is arrested on false accusations and sentenced to eight years in a high security Israel women's prison, where she encounters a terrifying world in which Palestinian political prisoners are incarcerated with Israeli criminal inmates. When Layla discovers she is pregnant, the prison director pressures her to abort the baby and spy on her Palestinian inmates. Resilient, stil in chains, Layla gives birth to a baby boy. Through her struggle to raise her son behind bars, and her relationship with other prisoners, she finds a sense of hope and meaning to her life. As prison conditions deteriorate, the Palestinian prisoners decide to conduct a strike. Threatened of having her son taken away from her if she joins the rebellion, Layla is forced to make a choice that will forever change her life.

Festivals and Awards
Toronto International Film Festival 2015 - Contemporary World Cinema
Busan International Film Festival 2015 - A Window on Asian Cinema
BFI London Film Festival - Films in First Feature Competition
Seminici Valladolid - Meeting Point Audience Award
Stockholm Film Festival - Open Zone
Tallinn Black Nights - Panorama
Goa International Film Festival - World Cinema International Competition
Dubai International Film Festival - MUHR Feature
Palm Springs International Film Festival - World Cinema Now

About the filmmaker
Mai Masri is a Palestinian filmmaker who studied film at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University. Masri first gained acclaimed with her documentaries. She has directed and produced several films that have screened worldwide and garnered more than 60 international awards including the Mipdoc Trailblazer award in Cannes in France (2011), the Luchino Visconti Award in Italy (2003) and the Asia-Pacific Screen Award in Australia (2007). 3000 Nights (2015) is Masri's first feature film which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and has been screened in several film festivals internationally and won over 24 awards. 3000 Nights was Jordan's film entry for Best Foreign Film at the 2017 Oscar Academy Awards.

Her filmography includes:
33 Days (2007)
Beirut Diaries (2006)
Frontiers of Dreams and Fears (2001)
Children of Shatila (1998)
A Woman For Her Time (1995)
Children of Fire (1990)


3rd i New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is curated by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media artists of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.

3rd i NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

We thank Alwan for the Arts for hosting our film screenings and to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.


Alwan for the Arts Film Programming is made possible in part with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Last updated: 2017-10-09 07:07:42

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