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3000 Nights

3000 Nights

Mai Masri

Palestine, France, Jordan, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Qatar | 2015 | Genre: Drama | first feature film | running time: 103’

"Mai Masri’s film unfolds in low-key fashion, admirably avoiding sensationalism."
Sheri Linden - The Hollywood Reporter

festivals & awards

Contemporary World Cinema, Toronto International Film Festival 2015


Layal, a young newlywed Palestinian schoolteacher is arrested after being falsely accused and sentenced to 8 years of prison. She is transferred to a high security Israeli women's prison where she encounters a terrifying world in which Palestinian political prisoners are incarcerated with Israeli criminal inmates. When she discovers she is pregnant, the prison director pressures her to abort the baby and spy on the Palestinian inmates. However, resilient and still in chains, she gives birth to a baby boy. Through her struggle to raise her son behind bars, and her relationship with the other prisoners, she manages to find a sense of hope and a meaning to her life. Prison conditions deteriorate and the Palestinian prisoners decide to strike. The prison director warns her against joining the rebellion and threatens to take her son away. In a moment of truth, Layal is forced to make a choice that will forever change her life.


3000 Nights
original title

3000 Layla




Palestine, France, Jordan, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Qatar

running time


produced by

Nour Productions - Lebanon
Les Films d'Ici - France
Orjouane Productions - Lebanon

in co-production with

Royal Film Commission - Jordan
Munib Masri Development Foundation - Palestine
Enjaaz - Dubai
Film Market Initiative - United Arab Emirates

directed by

Mai Masri



A young Palestinian woman discovers that she is pregnant just as a group of her fellow inmates launch a revolt against the prison administration.
TFL Programmes

Interchange 2011

Mai Masri

Film Director

Tunje Berns


Charlotte Uzu