3000 Nights

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3000 Nights


Thursday Jun 08 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Directed by Mai Masri. Palestine/France/Jordan/Lebanon/Qatar/United Arab Emirates. 2015. 103 mins. Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles.

Documentarian Mai Masri's first narrative feature tells the inspiring based-on-a-true story of a Palestinian schoolteacher finding hope and strength against all odds while serving long prison sentences. After she is falsely convicted for terrorist collaboration in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, teacher Layla (Maisa Abd Elhadi) must serve a sentence that lasts 3,000 nights. During her time in prison, Layla discovers she is pregnant, and gives birth to the child despite the prison director's insistence on an abortion. We see her raise her child in captivity—think Palestinian Room. Masri's film is a timely reminder of the injustices faced by Palestinian people—and women, in particular—living under the occupation. But more than anything, it's an affecting human story of motherhood, sisterhood, and solidarity. Despite Layla's dire circumstances, 3000 Nights offers a powerful portrait of human resilience. 

After the screening: Join us for a post-screening discussion with Ali Musleh, from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa's Department of Political Science.

Read the Variety review.

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