918 Nights

(918 GAU)
Arantza Santesteban Pérez | Documentary

2022 | 65 minutes | Spain

After spending 918 nights in prison, director Arantza Santesteban Pérez recounts her experience.

Caution: This film contains explicit sexual scenes. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.


On October 4th, 2007, Arantza, the director of the film, was detained and taken to prison. She remembers a few things about those days: endlessly walking around the prison exercise yard, swimming competitions, Rasha´s prison journey… After 918 nights locked up, Arantza is set free.

From then onwards, she recorded her memories and doubts, which are heard throughout the documentary as a kind of fragmented memoir.

Caution: This film contains explicit sexual scenes. The content may not be suitable for all audiences, and viewer discretion is strongly advised. Due to varying criteria for content ratings and age restrictions in different regions, Pragda STREAM recommends educators watch films in their entirety before assigning them to students.


"Santesteban deserves enormous respect for such an uncompromising and honest approach" - Cineuropa

"The director (...) is out of the most predictable registers." - Other Cinemas

"It involves an immersion in a personal story that occurred at a critical moment in the history of Euskadi" - El Salto

"Effective and intense." - Fred The Festival Insider

Main credits

Santesteban Perez, Arantza (film director)
Santesteban Perez, Arantza (screenwriter)
Santesteban Perez, Arantza (on-screen participant)
Fernández Pascal, Marian (film producer)
Lameiro, Marina (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Maddi Barber.

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Doclisboa - International Documentary Film Festival - International Competition - City of Lisbon Grand Prize for Best Film; Torino Film Festival - Best Film Award; Punto De Vista - Navarra International Documentary Film Festival - Special Audience Award for Best Film; Jury Special Mention; Torino Film Festival; Barcelona L´Alternativa Independant Film Festival; Uruguay International Film Festival; San Sebastián International Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Arantza Santesteban Pérez


YEAR: 2022

GENRE: Documentary


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adult



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