Around Town: 3000 Nights by Mai Masri

Mon, April 16, 2018 6:30 pm at The Auditorium - The New School

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The New School presents:

3000 Nights by Mai Masri
Feature l Palestine l 2015 l 103 minutes l In Arabic with English subtitles
Pre-screening reception with Palestinian food
Post-screening discussion with Director Mai Masri and Nitin Sawhney, assistant professor of media studies.

Free to TNS members with ID | $10 General Admission (RSVP)
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View trailer.

Film Synopsis:

Inspired by a true story, 3000 Nights traces a young mother's journey of hope, resilience and survival against all odds. 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 also 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)


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: 2018-04-12 16:37:51

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