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A Thousand and One


A Thousand and One is a 2023 American drama film written and directed by A.V. Rockwell in her feature directorial debut. The film stars Teyana Taylor, Will Catlett, Josiah Cross, Aven Courtney, and Aaron Kingsley Adetola. Set in the 1990s and 2000s, it follows a single mother, convicted thief, Inez de la Paz who returns to the Brooklyn neighborhood of her former shelter, where she sees her son, Terry, with other children from his foster home out on the street. When Terry is hospitalized after trying to escape from the home, Inez secretly visits him. He tells her about his earliest memory: of Inez abandoning him on a street corner when he was two years old - triggering Inez’s own memories of a childhood in the care system. She decides to kidnap her son out of the foster care system to raise him herself, as the two struggle with life in a constantly changing New York City.

It had its world premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2023, and won the Grand Jury Prize.

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