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A True Story: 3000 Nights (2015)

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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.

Keywords

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

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Brittain, V. (2020). A True Story: 3000 Nights (2015). In: Love and Resistance in the Films of Mai Masri. Palgrave Studies in Arab Cinema. Palgrave Pivot, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-37522-5_1

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