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A Thousand and One

Directed by A.V. Rockwell
Produced by Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev, Lena Waithe, Brad Weston, and Rishi Rajani
Written by A.V. Rockwell
With: Teyana Taylor, Aaron Kingsley Adetola, Aven Courtney, Josiah Cross, William Catlett, Terri Abney, Delissa Reynolds, Amelia Workman, and Adriane Lenox
Cinematography: Eric Yue
Editing: Sabine Hoffmann and Kristan Sprague
Music: Gary Gunn
Runtime: 117 min
Release Date: 31 March 2023
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Color: Color

Singer, songwriter, actress, model, dancer, choreographer, and music video director Teyana Taylor gives a dynamic lead performance as a hairdresser and former thief who, after her release from Rikers Island, kidnaps her son Terry from the foster care system. Holding onto this secret and others, mother and son make a life and a home for themselves. Writer/director A.V. Rockwell's contemporary urban melodrama spans the decades and the rapidly changing New York City; the film's style subtly mimics the look and vibe of movies of the various eras. Aaron Kingsley Adetola, Aven Courtney, and Josiah Cross share the role of Terry as he ages from six to seventeen, each actor playing the character's inner life with power and poignancy. The expert casting of these three young actors, who each internalize the wisdom and insecurity of the introverted Terry, helps drive home the film's themes of identity and stability. 

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Writer/director A.V. Rockwell's powerful debut feature is a contemporary urban melodrama about a mother who kidnaps her son from the foster care system and attempts to rebuild their lives together in a rapidly changing New York City.