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MIRAL by Julian Schnabel, Venice Film Festival 2010

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MIRAL by Julian Schnabel, Venice Film Festival 2010

Another movie selected In Competition at 67th Venice Film Festival is movie titled Miral, directed by Julian Schnabel. Freida Pinto as Miral The movie is based on Rita Jebreal novel, and is already being described as one “dedicated to all those, on both sides, who believe peace is possible, is noble and sincere, a real ode to tolerance, which shows us that you can teach pacifism while all around is falling apart….” Miral is “a chronicle of Hind Husseini’s effort to establish an orphanage in Jerusalem after the 1948 partition of Palestine and the creation of the state of Israel. On her way to work, Hind Husseini comes across 55 orphaned children in the street. She takes them home to give them food and shelter. Within six months, 55 had grown to almost 2,000, and the Dar Al-Tifel Institute was born. In 1978, at the age of 7, Miral was sent to the Institute by her father following her mother’s death. Brought up safely inside the Institute’s walls, she is naïve to the troubles that surround her. Then, at the age of 17, she is assigned to teach at a refugee camp where she is awakened to the reality of her people’s struggle. When she falls for political activist, Hani, she finds herself torn between the fight for the future of her people and Mama Hind’s belief that education is the road to peace.” Miral stars Freida Pinto (Miral), Hiam Abbass (Hind Husseini), Willem Dafoe (Eddie), Alexander Siddig (Miral’s father), Ruba Blal, Omar Metwally and Vanessa Redgrave.



  1. Anonymous

    September 10, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Miral, a Winner !

  2. Donna Cregg

    November 8, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    I am really looking forward to seeing this movie. I think its going to be a really important film because it will show how conflicts between ethnic groups leads to unnecessary suffering for those indirectly involved. Another humanitarian movie I recently saw on dvd and enjoyed was Attack on Darfur. It was so eye opening to watch knowing that the violence shown in the film is still going on in real life. I hope more people see these humanitarian movies and are inspired to help those in need.

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