A Thousand and One


Sioux Falls State Theatre Wed, Sep 20 7:00 PM
Sioux Falls State Theatre Fri, Sep 22 8:30 PM
Sioux Falls State Theatre Sat, Sep 23 8:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2023
Runtime:1h 57m (117 min)
Cast/Crew Info
Director:A.V. Rockwell
Cast:Teyana Taylor
William Catlett
Josiah Cross
Aven Courtney
Aaron Kingsley Adetola
Screenwriter:A.V. Rockwell
Music By:Gary Gunn


A THOUSAND AND ONE follows unapologetic and free-spirited Inez (Teyana Taylor), who kidnaps six-year-old 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.

Score: 3.8


"A tribute to parental devotion and a testament to Teyana Taylor's talent, A Thousand and One presents a heart-wrenching portrait of perseverance in the face of systemic inequity."
Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
The Washington Post

"It is tempting to call A Thousand and One a love letter of sorts, but a more accurate read might be one of heartbreak. There is love here, certainly, but more than that there is frustration, anger and sadness at the way the world refuses to help those trying hardest to endure within it. "
The Globe and Mail

"In A Thousand and One, [Rockwell] packs a great deal into her filmmaking, which bristles with looks, gestures, bodies in breakneck motion and expressionistic jolts of color that — like Gary Gunn’s gorgeous score — complicate and deepen the outwardly simple story."
The New York Times

"The film is utterly absorbing, anchored by the unpredictable performance of Taylor, playing a hopelessly complicated, but deeply caring woman."
Los Angeles Times

"This is not a movie that will leave you feeling especially warm and fuzzy – it is often devastating. But it’s also bursting with hope for the future in this deeply human story of how one woman decided to devote her life to ensuring that her son’s would be brighter."
Associated Press