MPAC Supports Schnabel's 'Miral,' a Film about Three Generations of Palestinian Women

March 14, 2011

Have you heard of the new film “Miral”? A drama starring Frieda Pinto of “Slumdog Millionaire” and directed by Julian Schnabel of the Oscar-nominated "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," “Miral” is about a Palestinian orphan who grows up in the wake of the Arab-Israeli war and finds herself drawn into the conflict.

The film’s U.S. premiere was Monday, March 14, at the United Nations, and MPAC is proud to support the film and its efforts to humanize the portrayal of the Palestinian people. The American Jews for a Just Peace also stepped forward to became the first Jewish organization in the United States to stand up against efforts to stop the showing of "Miral" at the UN this evening.

“Miral” is at heart a first-person diary of a young girl growing up in East Jerusalem as she confronts the effects of occupation and war in every corner of her life. From Miral’s gentle father, beautifully portrayed by Alexander Siddig, to the hero, Hind Husseini, played be Hiam Abbass, “Miral” is filled with 3-D portraits of Arabs as never seen before in an American film.

“Miral” will be released in Los Angeles and New York on March 25; please check your local listings for time.

Suhad Obeidi (
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