- Genre: DRAMA, TRUE STORY
- Duration in minutes: 103 min.
- Year of Production: 2015
- Status: COMPLETED
MAI MASRI (NOUR PRODUCTIONS)
SABINE SIDAWI (ORJOUANE PRODUCTIONS)
CHARLOTTE UZU (LES FILMS D'ICI)
MAISA ABD ELHADI
A young Palestinian schoolteacher gives birth to her son in an Israeli prison where she fights to protect him, survive and maintain hope.
Layal, a young newlywed Palestinian schoolteacher is arrested after being falsely accused and sentenced to 8 years of prison. She is transferred to a high security Israeli women’s prison where she encounters a terrifying world in which Palestinian political prisoners are incarcerated with Israeli criminal inmates.
When she discovers she is pregnant, the prison director pressures her to abort the baby and spy on the Palestinian inmates. However, resilient and still in chains, she gives birth to a baby boy.
Through her struggle to raise her son behind bars, and her relationship with the other prisoners, she manages to find a sense of hope and a meaning to her life. Prison conditions deteriorate and the Palestinian prisoners decide to strike. The prison director warns her against joining the rebellion and threatens to take her son away. In a moment of truth, Layal is forced to make a choice that will forever change her life.
Festivals and Awards
Toronto International Film Festival 2015 - Contemporary World Cinema
Busan International Film Festival 2015 - A Window On Asian Cinema
BFI London Film Festival - Films in First Feature Competition
Seminci Valladolid - Meeting Point (Meeting Point Audience Award)
Stockholm Film Festival - Open Zone
Tallinn Black Nights - Panorama
Goa International Film Festival - World Cinema International Competition
Dubai International Film Festival - MUHR Feature
Palm Springs International Film Festival - World Cinema Now
Format DCP 2K
Screen Ratio CINEMASCOPE
Sound mix 5.1 SURROUND
HD for broadcast Available Yes
DCP (Digital Cinema Package) Available Yes
Digital Betacam for broadcast Available Yes
Language version available ARABIC-HEBREW
- English Pressbook (.pdf)