‘A Thousand and One’ Set for Peacock Streaming Debut

A Thousand and One (Credit: Focus Features)

The critically acclaimed film A Thousand and One makes its streaming debut this week.

The Harlem-set drama arrives on Peacock May 19.

The film stars R&B artist Teyana Taylor as an impoverished single mom who kidnaps her six-year-old son 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.

The cast also includes Josiah Cross, Will Catlett, Aaron Kingsley Adetole, Aven Courtney, Terri Victoria, Abney Delissa Reynolds, Amelia Workman, and Adriane Lenox.

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The film from first-time director A.V. Rockwell was shot in 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was a very challenging movie to make because it’s a period piece and I had a first-time filmmaker’s budget — and the pandemic made it feel astronomically worse,” Rockwell told MovieMaker.

“I could not have predicted the pandemic and the way it was going to tear into our budget, the way it was gonna create so many restrictions around how you could even film in New York City, let alone just dealing with how the culture of the city changed and what it felt like to shoot on the street when everybody has a mask on,” Rockwell added.

After taking the top prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, A Thousand and One arrived in theaters on March 31. It earned a total of $3.4 million at the box office.

The drama is the latest release from Focus Features to stream on Peacock after Of an Age, Spoilert Alert and Tár.