The Palestinian feature film 3000 Nights will open the Arab Women Film Festival in Sweden this March.
The festival is organised by the Malmo International Film Festival (MIFF) 2016, and is held from 18 to 20 March in Malmo and Helsingborg. It aims to "raise important questions about Arab women," according to the organisers.
The film, directed by Mai Masri centres on a young, newlywed Palestinian school teacher who is jailed and sent to a top-security Israeli prison, where she eventually gives birth.
Its world premiere was in September 2015 at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). It then made its Arab world premiere in December as part of the Dubai International Film Festival’s 12th edition where it participated in the Muhr Arab Feature Films Competition.
The Malmo and Helsingborg Arab women film festival is three days full of films by and about Arab women. The programme includes feature, documentary, and short films in addition to seminars and an Arab bazaar selling traditional crafts and sweets.
Among the films to be screened include Rock the Casbah from 2013, a French-Moroccan drama written and directed by Laïla Marrakchi, starring late Egyptian star Omar El-Sharif, prominent Palestinian actress Haiam Abbas, andthe Lebanese actress and director Nadin Libky. It was screened at the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
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