Film - International Independents Filmfest 2016


Directed by Mai Masri


Director: Mai Masri
Section: International Independents
Country: France, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories, United Arab Emirates
Year: 2015
OT: 3000 LAYLA
Language: Arabic, Hebrew
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Maisa Abd Elhadi, Nadera Omran, Karim Saleh, Raida Adon



Palestinian teacher Layal, just married, picks up a hitchhiker – and winds up accused of aiding and abetting terrorists. In Israeli women’s jail, where she’s sentenced to spend the next eight years, Layal finds out she’s pregnant. She has a baby boy in prison – but soon finds herself in the middle of a prisoners’ revolt. In her first feature film, Mai Masri finds intense images and allegories for her protagonist’s struggle for dignity and self-determination.

Show calendar


  • (only P&I)
    City Kinos
  • After the film: Q&A with director Mai Masri

    Münchner Freiheit
  • After the film: Q&A with director Mai Masri

    HFF München
  • City Kinos

Meet the director


Mai Masri

Palestinian director and producer Mai Masri studied film at UCLA and San Francisco State. She is one of the leading documentarists of the Arab world. Together with her husband Jean Khalil Chamoun, she made films including WILD FLOWERS: WOMEN OF SOUTH LEBANON (1986), CHILDREN OF FIRE (1991), BEIRUT DIARIES (2006) and 33 DAYS (2007).


Screenplay: Mai Masri
Director of Photography: Gilles Porte
Film Editor: Michele Tyan
Production Designer: Hussein Baydoun
Costume Design: Hamada Atallah
Sound: Chadi Roukoz, Raja Dubayah
Producer: Mai Masri, Sabine Sidawi
Production Company: Nour Productions, Orjouane Produtions
Co-Producer: Charlotte Uzu
Co-Production Company: Les Films d'Ici
World Sales: Intramovies