3,000 Nights by Mai Masri (2015, 103 min.). In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles.
Layal (Maisa Abd Elhadi), a young newlywed Palestinian schoolteacher, is arrested after being falsely accused. She is transferred to a high-security Israeli women’s prison where she encounters a terrifying world in which Palestinian political prisoners are incarcerated with Israeli criminals. There, she learns she is pregnant and faces a series of impossible choices.
The first narrative feature by Palestinian documentarian Mai Masri (Children of Fire, Suspended Dreams, Children of Shatila, 33 Days, Beirut Diaries), 3,000 Nights is based on extensive research into the condition of Palestinian women in Israeli prisons. The film is a gripping tale of injustice and betrayal, as well as of empowerment and the triumph of the human spirit.
The film will be followed by a Q&A with the director.
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