Here and Now: Contemporary Arab Women Filmmakers

3000 Nights

Mai Masri

After nearly 30 years of documentary filmmaking, with a focus on Palestinian refugees, Mai Masri made her narrative debut with the powerful and deeply political 3000 Nights. In Nablus, West Bank in 1980, a young schoolteacher is arrested in the middle of the night and accused of being an accomplice in an attack on a settler, as she had by chance given a ride to the actual perpetrator, a young boy. Sentenced to eight years, she enters prison determined to survive, both for herself and, as she soon finds out, her unborn child. Based on interviews with real-life prisoners, Masri's script sheds light on the plight of thousands of Palestinians who have been wrongly convicted.

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