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Palestine has been depicted to be a prison for Palestinians, a condition connected to the state of Israel's settler-colonial policies.The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this past autumn and will have its official Lebanon debut Saturday evening, closing Beirut's European Film Festival.The women's prison is home to both Palestinian and Israeli inmates.Masri is a veteran documentary filmmaker so it's no surprise that her fiction film debut is firmly grounded in political realities.Layal's story is derived from a series of interviews Masri conducted with Palestinian women who over the years have undergone extended detention in Israeli prisons while pregnant. This sort of documentary authenticity makes "3000 Nights" a very different cinematic experience that, say, "Room" – Lenny Abrahamson's 2015 story of a mother who gives birth while imprisoned by a kidnapper – or "Hunger," Steve McQueen's beautifully eviscerating profile of political internment.Many of the documentarian's concerns have survived her migration to fiction film – her interest in communities on the margins, particularly the voices of Palestinian women and children, whether in Palestine or out.
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