This year, the York City Screen is marking International Women’s Day in York with the screening of the acclaimed film
Director: Mai Masri 
Starring: Maisa Abd Elhadi, Nadira Omran, Raida Adon, Rakeen Saad.
The film will be followed by a Question and Answer session with the Director.
Monday March 6th, 6pm (103mins).
This is a special screening presented in association with York International Women’s Festival, Northern Women for Palestine and York Palestine Solidarity Campaign. After the film we will be joined via Skype with the director Mai Masri for a question and answer session facilitated by Dr Anandi Ramamurthy- Reader in Post Colonial Studies at Sheffield Hallam University.
Dr Ramamurthy is currently involved in an AHRC funded research project called Creative Interruptions which aims to explore the way disenfranchised groups use the arts to have their voice heard. She is looking at the production and reception of Palestinian Cinema.
The screening is now on sale, here is the booking link: http://bit.ly/2jsDlxZ
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. Shortly after, Layal discovers she is pregnant.
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 meaning to her life. As prison conditions deteriorate and the Palestinian prisoners decide to strike, Layal is forced to make a choice that will change her life forever. Inspired by a true story, Mai Masri’s directorial debut is a poetic and raw allegory of freedom under occupation.
Posted by: Monica Wusteman <email@example.com>