3000 Nights

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Palestine | 2015 | 103 minutes | Mai Masri

A simple good deed leads to an unimaginable nightmare when a Palestinian schoolteacher is arrested for unknowingly giving a ride to a teenage terrorist in this gripping tale of injustice, betrayal, and the triumph of the human spirit.

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A simple good deed leads to an unimaginable nightmare for a young, newly married Palestinian schoolteacher, when, in the middle of the night, she is arrested in the occupied West Bank. Her crime: giving a ride to a wounded teenage boy, who, unbeknownst to her, went on to execute a terrorist attack on a military checkpoint. Despite the pleading advice from her husband and lawyer, the woman, Layal, refuses to testify against the boy in court, not being able to lie and say he violently threatened her. Sentenced to eight years in a high-security Israeli prison housing both Palestinian political prisoners and Israeli criminals, Layal finds out that she's pregnant. Choosing to have the baby and raise him while she's incarcerated becomes a beacon of hope in the midst of a dismal situation. Shot in a military prison in Jordan and the first narrative feature by Palestinian documentarian Mai Masri (Beirut Diaries), 3000 Nights is a gripping tale of injustice and betrayal, as well as empowerment and the triumph of the human spirit.

Director Biography
Known for her documentaries about Palestine and the Middle East, Mai Masri was born in Jordan, raised in Beirut, attended San Francisco State University, and later studied film at the University of California, Berkeley. 3000 Nights recently won the Jury Award at the Women's Film & Television Showcase, TheWifts, in Los Angeles.

  • Original Language Title: 3000 Layla
  • Director: Mai Masri
  • Principal Cast: Maisa Abd Elhadi, Nadera Omran, Raida Adon, Karim Saleh, Abir Haddad, Rakeen Saad
  • Country: Palestine, France, Switzerland
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 103 minutes
  • Producer: Sabine Sidawi, Mai Masri, Charlotte Uzu
  • Screenplay: Mai Masri
  • Cinematographers: Gilles Porte
  • Editors: Michele Tyan
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Valladolid Film Festival 2015 (Audience Award)
  • Filmography: Beirut Diaries: Truth, Lies and Videos (doc, 2006)
  • Language: Arabic
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Intramovies