Masterclass with Filmmaker Mai Masri
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall, Room UL105, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003
The New School is delighted to host acclaimed Palestinian filmmaker Mai Masri for a screening of her new award-winning film 3000 Nights and a special 3-hour masterclass showcasing her documentary film practices. Mai Masri’s extraordinary body of films deal with cinematic approaches to understanding the contested lives of children living in conflict and the challenges of women in detention. Her participatory media work, documentary films, and recent narrative feature have been deeply influential and offers a unique artistic and political perspective in the Middle East context. The two-part event will be deeply informative and instructional for New School students in film/media studies as well as interests in Middle East and social justice issues. Both events are open to the general public.
Inspired by a true story, 3000 Nights traces a young mother's journey of hope, resilience and survival against all odds. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and has been screened in several major festivals where it has won over 24 Awards. It was selected to represent Jordan at the ACADEMY AWARD for Best Foreign Language Film and Palestine at the GOLDEN GLOBES.
Mai Masri is a Palestinian filmmaker who studied film at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University (USA). She directed and produced several films that have been screened worldwide and won over 60 international awards including the Mipdoc Trailblazer award in Cannes, France (2011), the Luchino Visconti Award in Italy (2003), and the Asia- Pacific Screen Award in Australia (2007).
She founded Nour Productions in 1995 with her husband, filmmaker Jean Chamoun. Her first feature film, 3000 Nights (2015) had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival and was screened in several film international festivals where it won over 24 awards and was selected to represent Jordan at the 2017 Oscar Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film.
Mai received international acclaim with her documentaries that were broadcast on more than 100 television stations worldwide, including BBC, Channel 4 and PBS. Filmography includes: Children of Fire (1990), Children of Shatila (1998), Frontiers of Dreams and Fears (2001), A Woman for Her Time (1995), Beirut Diaries (2006), 33 Days (2007). She also co-directed with her husband Jean Chamoun, Under the Rubble (1983), Wild Flowers (1986), War Generation – Beirut (1998), and Suspended Dreams (1992).
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