A Thousand and One


Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Fri, May 5 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Sat, May 6 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Sun, May 7 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Mon, May 8 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Tue, May 9 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Wed, May 10 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Thu, May 11 3:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2023
Run Time:116 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:A.V. Rockwell
Cast:Teyana Taylor
Aaron Kingsley Adetola
Aven Courtney
Josiah Cross


Times change. Love stays the same.

“A Thousand and One” — winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance — 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.

Inez De La Paz is an orphan who was shuffled through New York’s foster care system and nurtured by the streets. At her worst, she’s volatile, impulsive, and unpredictable. At her best, she’s deeply caring, determined and fiercely loyal. At her core, she’s a survivor.

The formidable character is the central presence in writer-director A.V. Rockwell’s compelling feature film “A Thousand and One”, which traces Inez’s experiences as an inner-city woman of color struggling to navigate the responsibilities of motherhood while wrestling with the secrets of her past.

Unfolding over the course of two decades, the intimate, moving drama sees Inez attempt to create a better life for herself and for six-year-old Terry. Making the impulsive decision to kidnap the boy from his foster home, Inez flees with him to Harlem, where she does whatever she can to build a safe and stable home.