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3000 Nights Wins the TaoEdu Young Prize at Taormina Film Festival in Italy

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Continues in Lebanese Cinemas and Soon to Release in France and Sweden

3000 Nights Wins the TaoEdu Young Prize at Taormina Film Festival in Italy


While 3000 Nights enjoys its extensive international film festival and theatre tour, director Mai Masri's film won the TaoEdu Young Prize at the Taormina Film Festival in Italy, a newly introduced award dedicated to formative films for youths.

Simultaneously, 3000 Nights continues its commercial screening schedule in Lebanese theaters and will soon be released in France and Sweden as well. Set to expand for an even wider theatrical release across further Arab countries through MAD Solutions, the film will continue its commercial release schedule that began in Palestine, Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt, Iraq, and Tunisia.

3000 Nights won the Youth Jury Award at the International Film Festival and Forum for Human Rights, Switzerland, and the Audience Award at The Annonay International Film Festival in France. The film's screening night was attended by more than 400 spectators, who gave an overwhelming standing-ovation that lasted for several minutes. Most recently, 3000 Nights won the Special Jury Award at
Washington, DC International Film Festival (Filmfest DC).

Previously, 3000 Nights received the Jury Award at the 8th Women's International Film and Television Showcase (The WIFTS), USA, and the Meeting Point Audience Award at the 60th Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain. The film's world premiere was held at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it was also screened in the US within at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in California. The film competed also at Busan International Film Festival in South Korea and had a full-house screening at BFI London Film Festival.

In January, 3000 Nights had a theatrical release in Nablus and Ramallah, Palestine and during the premiere, director Mai Masri was awarded six honorary shields from The Ministry of Culture, An-Najah National University, The Civil Society of Nablus Governorate (CSNG), the Association of Liberated Palestinian Prisoners and Al Masri Family for her efforts in supporting the Palestinian cinema.

A Palestinian co-production between France, Jordan, UAE, Qatar and Lebanon, MAD Solutions is in charge of the distribution of the film in the Arab world. In 2010, the film won the Carthage Film Festival Grant Award for Best Script.

3000Nights stars Maisa Abdel Hadi, Nadera Omran, Raida Adon, Rakeen Saad, Abeer Haddad, Anahid
Fayad, Haifa Al Agha, Khitam Edelbi, and Hana Chamoun. The film tells the story of a Palestinian school teacher who gives birth to her son in an Israeli prison where she fights to protect him, survive and maintain hope.

Mai Masri is a Palestinian filmmaker. She studied film at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University (USA) where she graduated with a BA degree. Her rich and extensive filmography includes many documentaries focusing on the humanity and resilience of ordinary people characterized with humanistic elements, through which she won over 60 awards at international film festivals, such as
Under the Rubble (1983), Wild Flowers: Women of South Lebanon (1986), War Generation Beirut
(1998), Children of Fire (1990), Suspended Dreams (1992), Children of Shatila (1998), Hanan Ashrawi: A Woman of her Time (1995), Frontiers of Dreams and Fears (2001), Beirut Diaries: Truth, Lies and Videos (2006) and 33 Days (2007).