Alumna Mai Masri's '3000 Nights' Premieres at Toronto FIlm Fest

Friday, September 11, 2015
INDIE WIRE -- Mai Masri is a Palestinian director who studied film at University of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco State University. Her features include “Under the Rubble” and “Wild Flowers: Women of South Lebanon,” both directed with Jean Khalil Chamoun, “Children of Fire,” “Suspended Dreams,” “Children of Shatila” and “33 Days.” “3000 Nights” premieres at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 12. “I met a woman who had given birth to a baby boy in an Israeli prison in the ’80s. Her story touched me deeply and made me curious to know more. Having just become a mother myself, I wanted to understand what it meant to give birth in chains and to raise a child behind bars,” Masri says. “I started researching and interviewing women who had given birth in detention. I was fascinated by their stories and the choices they made. I also found out a lot of things I didn’t know about the relationship between Israeli and Palestinian inmates.”