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3000 Nights
3000 Nights

The award–winning Jordanian film 3000 Nights, by Mai Masri, will be Jordan’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 89th Academy Awards.

Inspired by a true story and shot in a real prison in Jordan, 3000 Nights tells the story of a newlywed Palestinian schoolteacher, who is wrongfully arrested and incarcerated in an Israeli prison where she gives birth to her son. Through her struggle to raise her child behind bars, the film traces a young mother’s journey of hope, resilience and survival against all odds. The film has received funds from several sources, including a production grant from the Jordan Film Fund.

3000 Nights has won several prestigious awards including: Circle Jury Award, Washington DC International Film Festival, USA 2016; Jury Award at the WIFTS (Women ‘s International Film & Television Showcase), Los Angeles, USA – 2015; Audience Award, Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain – 201; Audience Award, Annonay International Film Festival, France – 2016; Young Jury Award, International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland – 2016; TaoEdu Youth Award, Taormina International Film Festival, Italy 2016; and Youth Jury Award & Women’s Jury Award, “Paysages de Cineastes” Festival, France 2016.

The Jordanian feature narrative “Theeb” was nominated last year and short-selected to be amongst the five finalists for the Foreign Film category at the 88th Academy Awards. Jordan had also submitted, in the past years, two other films for the same category: “Captain Abu Raed” by Amin Matalqa and “Cherkess” by Mohyeddin Qandour. Another Jordanian short film – “Baheya and Mahmoud” by Zaid Abu Hamdan – had also made its way by qualifying for the Oscar® nomination back in 2012.

A committee of Jordanian professionals and artists involved in the audiovisual scene chose this film out of two Jordanian submissions. The Royal Film Commission – Jordan organized the process as the country’s official submitting body for the Oscar®.

Chaired by Adnan Awamleh – founder of Arab Telemedia Company – the committee also included: Munir Nassar (former Tourism Minister and Executive Board member on the Jordan Inbound Tour Operators Association), Zuhair Nobani (actor), Najeh Hasan (journalist and film critic), Lara Atalla (casting director), Nabil Sawalha (actor/comedian) and Samar Dudin (Regional Director and Head of Programs for Ruwwad Al Tanmeya).

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