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Ackland Film Forum: 3000 Nights

November 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mai Masri, Palestine, 2016

Introductory Remarks by Nadia Yacub (Asian Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill)


Inspired by a true story and shot in a real prison, 3000 Nights traces a young mother’s journey of hope, resilience and survival against all odds. Accused of helping a teenage boy on the run, newlywed Palestinian schoolteacher, Layal finds herself incarcerated in a top security Israeli prison for Palestinian and Israeli women. After Layal discovers that she is pregnant, the prison director pressures her to abort the baby and spy on the Palestinian inmates. Terrified but defiant, Layal gives birth to her child in chains.


Through her struggle to raise her son behind bars, Layal manages to find a sense of hope and meaning to her life. When prison conditions deteriorate and the Palestinian prisoners decide to strike, the prison director warns her against joining the strike and threatens to take her child away. In a moment of truth, Layal is forced to make a choice that will forever change her life.


TICKETS $7; Free with UNC One Card. Tickets available at the Varsity Theatre, 123 E. Franklin St.


November 19, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Ackland Art Museum
101 S Columbia Street + Google Map