About the Film:
According to text from the film:
• Since 1948 over 700,000 Palestinians have been detained in Israeli prisons
• In November 1983, the PLO obtained the release of 4,765 Palestinian and Lebanese prisoners in exchange for 6 Israeli soldiers capture in south Lebanon
• There are now over 6,000 Palestinian men, women, and children in Israeli prisons
This is the story of one of them, Layla Asfour, who is arrested in the opening scene, blindfolded, handcuffed, and taken to an Israeli women’s detention center housing Israeli and Palestinian prisoners. After significant interrogation, she gets a lawyer, a perfunctory trial, and a sentence of 8 years in prison, about the time mentioned in the title.
The film depicts Layla’s legal representation, visits from her family, her interactions with both Israeli and Palestinian prisoners, and an interesting development in her own life.
A panel discussion immediately follows the screening. Hana Chamoun, who plays Fidaa in the film, will be will us in person.