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Freida Pinto joins Julian Schnabel's 'Miral'

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Slumdog Millionaire‘s Freida Pinto has joined the cast of director Julian Schnabel’s Miral, Variety reports. The film, an adaptation of Rula Jebreal’s book, documents the true story of Hind Husseini, the woman who created the Dar Al-Tifi orphanage in Jerusalem in 1948 when the state of Israel came into existence. Palestinian actress Hiam Abbas (The Visitor) will play Husseini. Schnabel will shoot the movie in Israel and the Palestinian territories, with a release scheduled for 2010.