A True Story: 3000 Nights (2015)

  • Victoria Brittain
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Arab Cinema book series (PASTARCI)


This chapter focuses on Mai Masri’s latest work and first feature film—3000 Nights (2015). Written by Mai, this film is based on the intimate stories of Palestinian women prisoners, set against the backdrop of some of the most dramatic real events that she experienced in her 30 years as a documentary film-maker. It introduces Mai’s life-long preoccupations with two central themes of the Palestinian experience: incarceration, and the role of women, as mothers, as political actors and as fighters. The protagonist, Layal, is an innocent young school teacher is transformed during the flim by her imprisonment and experience giving birth shackled, and bringing up her son in a cell with a group of Palestinian women committed to the resistance.


Shatila Prison hunger strikes Prison song Gilles porte Incarceration Palestinian women Intifada Political prisoners Resistance Leah Tsemel Khiam 


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  • Victoria Brittain
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  1. 1.LondonUK

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