The story of a woman who grew up in an orphanage for Palestinian children founded just after the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.
The director is Tom Hooper, whose credits include the soccer movie The Damned United and the Emmy-winning HBO miniseries John Adams.
Based on a novel by Rula Jebreal.
Schnabel’s new movie stars Freida Pinto (of Slumdog Millionaire) as a Palestinian woman named Miral who spent her childhood in the Jerusalem orphanage founded by Hind Husseini (Hiam Abbass), and absorbed his philosophy that education is the path to peace. The cast also includes Willem Dafoe and Vanessa Redgrave.
Harvey Weinstein: “This is the first film I am involved in that shows the ‘other side’ of the Israel/Palestine conflict. As a staunch supporter of Israel, I thought this would be a movie I would have a hard time wrapping my head around. However, meeting Rula moved me to open my heart and mind, and I hope we can do that with audiences worldwide.”