“3000 Nights, the Women’s Prison Genre, and Documentary Filmmaking with Mai Masri”

with Mai Masri
Film Director


Mai Masri TheWIFTS Award

*A light snack is served at 5:30 p.m. Talk begins promptly at 6:00 p.m

Veteran documentary filmmaker, Mai Masri, will present a talk about her latest award-winning feature film 3000 Nights, which will screen at the DC International Film Festival on April 21 and 23.  Masri’s work has helped to give visual representation to the devastating effects of war on the people living in the Palestinian camps in Lebanon and on the people of Lebanon in general. Her work and her collaborations with her husband, Jean Chamoun, have contributed significantly to the mode of documentary filmmaking within the Arab world and constitute timely classics that capture critical junctures in Palestinian and Lebanese history. Masri has directed, produced, photographed, and edited several award-winning films that have been shown all over the world at film festivals, art galleries, and on television channels. Her collaborations with Jean Chamoun include Wild Flowers: Women of South Lebanon (1987), War Generation Beirut (1988), Suspended Dreams (1992), and Hostage of Time (1994). Her own directing credits include Children of Fire (1991), Hanan Ashrawi: A Woman of Her Time (1995), Children of Shatila (1998), Frontiers of Dreams and Fears (2001), Beirut Diaries (2006), and 33 Days (2007).

3000 Nights is Mai Masri’s first dramatic feature film and has recently earned her the 2015 Women’s International Film and Television Showcase Jury Award. Set in the 1980s during the first Intifada, it is based on a real incident. The protagonist, Layal, is a pregnant school teacher arrested on suspicion of helping a teenage boy accused of attacking a military checkpoint. Sentenced to eight years in an Israeli jail where she lives among Palestinian political prisoners and Israeli criminals, Layal gives birth to her son and raises him there. The film follows her relationships and evolving sense of community forged within prison walls. Please join us for this unique opportunity to hear from Mai Masri about this outstanding film in the context of her previous work and in relation to Palestinians living under occupation and as citizens of Israel.



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