- Cast: Hiam Abbass, Freida Pinto, Yasmine El massri, Omar Metwally, Alexander Siddig, Ruba Blal, Willem Dafoe, Vanessa Redgrave, Yasmine Elmasri, Shredi Jabarin, Jamil Khoury, Makram Khoury, Doraid Liddawi, Stella Schnabel, Ami Weinberg
- Director: Julian Schnabel
- Writer: Rula Jebreal
- Producer: Jon Kilik
- Co Producer: Tabrez Noorani
- Associate Producer: Sebastián Silva
- Executive Producer: François-Xavier Decraene
- Art Direction: Nir Alba
- Casting: Yael Aviv
- Costume Design: Walid Mawed
- D.O.P.: Eric Gautier
- Editor: Juliette Welfling
- Production Design: Yoel Herzberg
Jerusalem, 1948. 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 2000, and the Dar Al-Tifel Institute was born.
At the age of 7, Miral was sent to the Institute by her father following her mothers death. Brought up safely inside the Institutes 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 peoples struggle. When she falls for political activist, Hani, she finds herself torn between the fight for the future of her people and Mama Hinds belief that education is the road to peace.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: Jerusalem, Israel; Tel Aviv, Israel
- Production Budget: $15 million
- Production Companies: Pathé, Eran Riklis Productions, Eagle Pictures, India Take One Productions, Canal+, CinéCinéma
- Production Schedule: 19 April 2009 - July 2009
2011 Guide Analysis: "After a steady trajectory of increasingly impressive features with "Basquiat," "Before Night Falls" and "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," this fourth film from rising filmmaker Julian Schnabel was highly anticipated as it went into production, so much so it easily slotted into plum bows at the Venice, Toronto and London Film Festivals last year where it was one of the hottest tickets. While festivals can make films, they can also break them and in the case of "Miral" the film simply couldn't live up to the lofty expectations put on it after the multiple award-winning 'Diving Bell' surprised the world.
Reviews called it well-intentioned and ambitious, but over reaching and emotionally shallow. Schnabel is tackling a full-blown epic look at the Palestinian struggle from 1948 until the mid-1990s, but the result is "plodding at times, choppily edited and unevenly performed. It has very little of the aesthetic polish of Schnabel's earlier work" said one reviewer.
Others shared similar sentiments, calling it more of a history lesson than an involving story where the structure lets down solid performances and oddly out of place cameos by the likes of Vanessa Redgrave and Willem Dafoe simply distract. Still, this is a perspective on Middle Eastern history and an attempt to humanise the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which Western audiences rarely get a proper glimpse of, even when it's delivered without the panache of a filmmaker's best efforts."