Mai Masri's '3000 Nights' premieres at Toronto Film Festival

Published September 14th, 2015 - 08:58 GMT

Palestinian director Mai Masri has much to celebrate!

Not only has her latest film 3000 Nights had a successful debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, but it has also secured a distributor, Variety reports.  Arab film market analyst Alaa Karkouti's Mad Solutions, a marketing and distribution company, based in Cairo and Abu Dhabi, will be bringing the harrowing film to Arab screens.

3000 Nights tells the story of an unfairly imprisoned Palestinian schoolteacher who gives birth in an Israeli prison and her ensuing struggle protect her son and maintain hope.

Maisa Abd Elhadi ("Habibi") stars as Layal, a newlywed Palestinian schoolteacher who is falsely accused and sentenced to eight years in prison. She learns she is pregnant once she is transferred to a high security Israeli women's prison, where Palestinian political prisoners are kept with Israeli criminal inmates. The film follows her struggles behind bars, her relationships with the other prisoners, andher search for hope and meaning to her life.

“3000 Nights” is the first full-length feature film for Mai Masri,  who studied film at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State.  The film is a French (Les Films d’Ici), Lebanese (Nour Productions, Oriouane Productions), and Jordanian production.

Her previous work includes “Beirut Diaries: Truth, Lies, and Videos,” “Children of Fire,” “Frontiers of Dreams and Fears,” and “33 Days.”

Check out a preview here!


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