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Mai Masri is not a name synonymous with censorship, or cliches.Masri's fiction film debut, "3000 Nights" is an unflinching denunciation of Israel's occupation of Palestine and the injustices it has wrought, a subject that has dominated the documentaries that comprise the body of her work."3000 Nights" tells the story of Layal, a Palestinian woman who gave birth in an Israeli prison. The plot, which Masri wrote, centers on Layal's ordeal as a single mother raising her child in confinement, the grim living conditions facing Palestinian detainees and the interplay between Palestinian political prisoners and Israeli inmates.This helped develop Masri's direction with the screenplay, as adapting several stories helped create a more collective account of the issue, a "universal film" as she puts it.Masri's career as a documentary filmmaker got started in Beirut in 1983, collaborating with Lebanese filmmaker Jean Chamoun. There are layers of latent and protracted conflict inherent throughout the story, so it is easy to forget that the entire film is set in one detention center.The film is in Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles.
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