+Visiting Actress Hana Chamoun
Saturday, 10/1 at St. Anthony Main Theatre
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3000 Nights / ٣٠٠٠ ليلة
narrative feature / drama
103 mins / 2015
Palestine / France / Jordan
Arabic / Hebrew with English subtitles
An inspiring and thoughtful narrative by veteran documentary filmmaker, Mai Masri. 3000 Nights tells the story of Layal (Maisa Abd Elhadi), a school teacher who is arrested shortly after helping a teenage boy accused of attacking an Israeli checkpoint. Recently married and pregnant, Layal and her new husband are preparing to emigrate to Canada when she is sentenced to eight years in prison. Betrayed by her husband, who leaves without her, she gives birth in prison and raises her child behind bars and alongside ongoing conflicts between Palestinian political prisoners, Israeli guards, and criminals. Layal’s participation in an uprising against the violent and unlivable conditions in the Israeli women’s prison changes the course of her life and gives her purpose and hope.
“[D]espite the bleak circumstances it portrays, 3000 Nights is not a dark film. Quite the opposite; it is a hopeful and lucid elegy to the resilience of the human spirit in its tireless struggle for dignity.” –Rasha Salti (TIFF.net)
Festivals and Awards
*World Premiere, Toronto International Film Festival, Canada, 2015
*Seattle International Film Festival, USA, 2016
*Circle Jury Award, Washington DC International Film Festival, USA 2016
*Jury Award at the Women’s International Film & Television Showcase, Los Angeles, USA, 2015
Mai Masri is a Palestinian filmmaker who studied film at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University. She has directed and produced several award-winning films, including Beirut Diaries: Truth, Lies and Videos (2006), Frontiers of Dreams and Fears (2001), and Wild Flowers: Women of South Lebanon (1987). She founded Nour Productions in 1995 with her husband, filmmaker Jean Chamoun. Her films have received the Luchino Visconti Award (Italy, 2003), the Asia Pacific Screen Award (Australia, 2007), and the Mipdoc Trailblazer Award (Cannes, 2011).
Hana Chamoun (Visiting actor) is a Lebanese/Palestinian actress and director based in New York, currently training at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. She graduated with a degree in Communication Arts and Psychology from the Lebanese American University in Beirut. Chamoun has appeared in two feature films: In The Shadows of the City (2000) and 3000 Nights (2015). She has also directed several short films and plays. She is interested in Drama Therapy and has been involved in workshops and volunteer work in Palestine and Lebanon.