Palestinian film 3000 Nights to be released at UAE cinemas
Ahram Online, Wednesday 23 Nov 2016
The award winning film was screened in Egypt at the Luxor Arab and European Film Festival in January, and at Zawya cinema in May

The award winning film 3,000 Nights will be released in UAE cinemas tomorrow, following its release in Tunisia, Iraq and Palestine.

Directed by May Masri, and co-produced by Palestine, France, Jordan, UAE, Qatar and Lebanon, the film 3,000 Nights centers on a young newly-wed Palestinian school teacher who is jailed in a top-security Israeli prison where she eventually gives birth.

3,000 Nights has been selected by Jordan's Royal Film Commission to represent the country at the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

The film has won 17 awards to date, most recently with two wins at the Carthage film festival, the Bronze Tanit and the Screenplay Prize.

The film made its world premiere in September 2015 at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). It then made its Arab world premiere in December 2015 as part of the Dubai International Film Festival’s 12th edition where it participated in the Muhr Arab Feature Films Competition.

The film also toured across Palestine right after the film's US premiere as part of the Palm Springs International Film Festival in early January.

In February, 3,000 Nights was shown at the European Film Market at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The film was screened in Egypt earlier this year, when it was chosen to open the Luxor Arab and European Film Festival, an event which took place between 30 January and 5 February.

During the press conference for the Luxor Arab and European Film Festival, the Palestinian director May Masri said her film 3,000 Nights, was shot in a real prison, without any set decor, as a way of preserving the film's authenticity. Masri added that the jail where they filmed was neither in Palestine nor Jordan.

The film was based on an old story from 1980, where there were jails that kept Israeli women arrested on criminal charges together with Palestinian political prisoners, Masri stated.

Masri studied film atUC BerkeleyandSan Francisco State University (USA). She directed many documentaries focusing on the humanity and resilience of ordinary people, garnering over 60 awards from international festivals for her films including Under the Rubble(1983),Wild Flowers:Women of South Lebanon(1986),Children of Shatila(1998),Hanan Ashrawi: A Woman of her Time (1995), Beirut Diaries: Truth, Lies and Videos(2006) and33 Days(2007).

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