A film that focuses on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as seen through the eyes of one teenaged girl
STARRING Freida Pinto, Hiam Abbass, and Willem Dafoe
DIRECTED BY Julian Schnabel
Director Julian Schnabel’s latest focuses on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as seen through the eyes of a teenage girl, the eponymous Miral (Frieda Pinto). When Miral, who has grown up sheltered within the walls of a Jerusalem orphanage, goes to teach at a refugee camp in 1988, she falls for the radical Hani (Omar Metwally) and finds herself drawn into his world of political activism and Intifada. Schnabel, whose Jewish roots run deep — his mother was president of Zionist women’s organization Hadassah in 1948, when the state of Israel was created — has said that he saw the film as an opportunity to explore the conflict from the other side. Vanessa Redgrave and Willem Dafoe round out the cast.