A Thousand and One and Polite Society Head to Sundance

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Focus Features films A Thousand and One and Polite Society are set to premiere at Sundance 2023. Up first is the premiere of Polite Society on Friday, January 20th at 11:55pm MST (9:55pm PT) and followed by the premiere of A Thousand and One on Sunday, January 22nd at 5:30pm (3:30pm PT).

Polite Society will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival Friday, January 20, 2023 at 11:55pm MST (9:55pm PT). 

A merry mash up of sisterly affection, parental disappointment and bold action, Polite Society follows martial artist-in-training Ria Khan who believes she must save her older sister Lena from her impending marriage. After enlisting the help of her friends, Ria attempts to pull off the most ambitious of all wedding heists in the name of independence and sisterhood.

Polite Society features a cast led by and introducing Priya Kansara (Bridgerton, Half Bad), Ritu Arya (Red Notice, The Umbrella Academy), Nimra Bucha (Ms. Marvel), Shobu Kapoor (We are Lady Parts), Ella Bruccoleri (Call the Midwife), Seraphina Beh (Top Boy), Shona Babayemi, Jeff Mirza (We Are Lady Parts), and Akshay Khanna (Chloe). Polite Society marks the feature debut for writer/director Nida Manzoor, creator of We Are Lady Parts.

A Thousand and One will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival Sunday, January 22, 2023 at 5:30pm (3:30pm PT).

Written and directed by A.V. Rockwell in her feature-length directorial debut, A Thousand and One is produced by Sight Unseen’s Eddie Vaisman and Julia Lebedev, Hillman Grad’s Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani and Makeready’s Brad Weston. Sight Unseen’s Oren Moverman is executive producing alongside Rachel Jacobs.

A Thousand and One 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.

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