Oscars: Jordan Selects '3000 Nights' for Foreign-Language Category

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Mai Masra's drama follows 'Theeb,' which made it to the final five in 2016.

Jordan has chosen 3000 Nights to represent it in the race to the 2017 Oscars foreign-language category.

Documentarian Mai Masra's first narrative feature, telling the story of a young Palestinian school teacher who gives birth to her son while serving a sentence in an Israeli prison, follows on the heels of last year's acclaimed Theeb, which became only the Middle East country's second Academy entry yet made it through to the final five.

3000 Nights, which bowed in Toronto, has already been amassing awards, picking up prizes at the Taormina Film Festival, the International Film Festival and Forum for Human Rights, the Annonay International Film Festival, the Women's International Film and Television Showcase, the Valladolid International Film Festival, Paysages des Cineastes and Filmfest DC.

The film is a co-production between Jordan, Palestine, France, the U.A.E., Qatar and Lebanon. MAD Solutions is distributing the film across the Arab world.