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A Thousand and One


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A THOUSAND AND ONE follows unapologetic and free-spirited Inez (Teyana Taylor), who kidnaps her six-year-old son Terry from the foster care system. Holding onto their secret and each other, mother and son set out to reclaim their sense of home, identity, and stability, in a rapidly changing New York City.

Written and Directed by: A.V. Rockwell
Starring: Teyana Taylor, Josiah Cross, Will Catlett, Aven Courtney, Aaron Kingsley Adetola
Produced by: Lena Waithe, Rishi Rajani, Brad Wston, Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev

"The suspenseful and substantial first feature by the writer and director A.V. Rockwell is a wide-ranging, finely detailed view of one family’s confrontation with crises endemic to New York’s Black communities."
– The New Yorker

"This is a tough, beautiful, honest and bracingly hopeful movie about mutual care and unconditional love, with a transformative and indelible performance at its core. “A Thousand and One” isn’t just worth seeing — it’s worth celebrating."
– Washington Post
"Told over 15 years from 1994 to 2005 in a rapidly gentrifying New York City, A Thousand and One is one of the most breathtakingly honest films presented in a long while."
– Shadow and Act
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