Former Political Prisoner Arantza Santesteban on Recreating Jail Experience in ‘918 Nights’

Former Political Prisoner Arantza Santesteban on Recreating Jail Experience in ‘918 Nights’
“In 2016, after the final trial took place about my case, I looked at the big box of correspondence sent to me during almost three years in prison,” recounts writer and director Arantza Santesteban in a cafe at the San Sebastian film festival. “I opened the box and looked at the letters. It was at this moment that I knew I wanted to make a film about my almost three years in prison.”

On the night of Oct. 4, 2007, several Spanish National Police Corps vans stopped the car in which Santesteban was travelling. She and her friends were arrested accused of terrorism, due to their political activity in a party declared illegal under the Political Parties Law of 2002. Santesteban would spend 918 nights in prison.

“The film is a way to reflect on what happened in prison, it’s not for catharsis,” says Santesteban. “The film is to reflect. It’s about a process of transformation.
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