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. It was Jordan’s submission for Best Foreign Language film in the 2017 Oscar race.
After the film there will be a Q&A with the director in the Remis auditorium, followed by a reception in the Bravo Restaurant with music by Berklee College of Music students Tony Barhoum (qanun), Thaer Bader (oud) and Layth Al Rubaye (violin). The cash bar at the the Bravo Restaurant will be open. As the reception coincides with the mfaNOW Overnight: College Edition, attendees of both parties are invited to mingle and partake in all of the evening’s festivities. Please note that passes, University Member pricing and group pricing are not applicable to this film.
Guests of all ages are welcome; visitors wishing to consume alcohol must be 21+. Valid ID with proof of age is required to purchase alcohol. After the film screening, wristbands will be distributed to those who wish to attend the BPFF reception and/or the mfaNOW Overnight events. These must be worn at all times, and are required for re-entry to the building. All bags are subject to inspection by Museum staff. Backpacks and large bags are not permitted. All other smaller bags are strongly discouraged, and may need to be checked upon entry. Parking will be limited to the MFA garage; lots will be closed. Use of public transportation is strongly encouraged.
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