The Ethiopian Gini on Hollywood? Aladdin & Three Thousand Years Of Longing Movies recap. A lonely scholar, on a trip to Istanbul, discovers a Djinn who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. While attending a conference in Istanbul, Dr. Alithea Binnie happens to encounter a djinn who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. This presents two problems: first, she doubts that he’s real, and second, because she’s a scholar of story and mythology, she knows all the cautionary tales of wishes gone wrong. The djinn pleads his case by telling her fantastical stories of his past. Eventually, she’s beguiled and makes a wish that surprises them both. Alithea Binnie is a British scholar who occasionally suffers from bizarre hallucinations of demonic beings. During a trip to Istanbul, Alithea purchases an antique bottle and accidentally unleashes a Djinn that was trapped within it. The Djinn offers to grant Alithea three wishes, so long as each one is truly her heart’s desire, but Alithea argues that wishing is a mistake, accusing the Djinn of being a trickster. In response to her accusation, Djinn proceeds to tell her three tales of his past and how he ended up trapped in the bottle. The Djinn tells the story of the Queen of Sheba, his cousin, and lover, being wooed by King Solomon, who imprisons the Djinn in a bottle to keep Sheba for himself. The Djinn’s second story centers on Gülten, a young concubine in the palace of Suleiman the Magnificent.