Dear Los Angeles Friends of Israeli-Palestinian Peace:
Since I know you are as anxious as I to foster a just and peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I'm absolutely certain you'd want to know about your personal opportunity to see "Miral" -- the first major Hollywood film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict told from a personal and largely sympathetic Palestinian perspective.
Please read more detailed information about "Miral" -- as well as your opportunity to see this gorgeous, courageous film starting this weekend at local theaters in Los Angeles -- below. And join myself and other Angelenos who are committed to Israeli-Palestinian peace (or who just enjoy seeing beautiful, extremely well-made films) in viewing "Miral" as soon as possible and encouraging friends and neighbors to see this ground-breaking and important film.
Thank you so much for your continuing work for peace and justice!
Love and courage,
Julian Schnabel's Miral Opens Despite Protest
miral movie posterToday, Friday, March 25th, Miral will make history as the first mainstream American movie about Israel-Palestine told entirely from the perspective of three generations of Palestinian women. Based on the autobiographical novel from journalist Rula Jebreal and masterfully directed by Oscar nominee Julian Schnabel, Miral is unprecedented for both its content and distribution to US audiences. Starring Willem Dafoe, Freida Pinto, Vanessa Redgrave, Omar Metwally and the great Hiam Abbass, Miral is a Venice Film Festival 2010 Official Selection (running time 1h52minutes, rated PG-13). See miralmovie.com.
Although the American Jewish Congress, the Anti-Discrimination League and the Israeli government demanded the U.N. General Assembly cancel Miral's red carpet premier screening, celebrity supporters including Sean Penn and Robert Deniro among others showed up en masse at the UN last Monday night. And while both Julian Schnabel and Miral distributor Harvey Weinstein have come under direct attack for championing the Palestinian perspective, they remain persistent in their belief that Americans must finally hear the other side of the story if we are ever to achieve peace (Daily Beast op-ed).
The Palestinian narrative is still a major taboo in the U.S. WIth the release of Miral, many Americans will for the first time experience the Palestinian reality. For that reason, organizations including Jewish Voice for Peace, MPAC, J Street, AAPER, and AJJP have come together in support of Miral, Schnabel and Weinstein, and against the cries of censorship.
The makers of Miral ask you to join them at theaters in NY & LA this opening weekend to send a powerful message to groups trying to censor Miral AND to the film industry that there is a robust community mobilized and hungry for movies like Miral. Opening weekend success will increase chances for more mainstream Americans to see it -- and will also dictate the roll-out schedule across the country.
Please get your tickets ASAP by clicking below-special Q & As screenings with Julian Schnabel will be held in NY & LA and we need our community to come out in full force. GROUP EVENTS are the best way to sell-out theaters. For special Group Sales information, please contact David Hinjosa at the Weinstein Company on 212.845.8650 or email him at David.Hinjosa@weinstein.com.
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From Julian Schnabel, Academy Award- nominated director of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Before Night Falls and Basquiat, comes Miral, the story of four women whose lives intertwine in the starkly human search for justice, hope and reconciliation amid a world overshadowed by conflict, rage and war. The story begins in war-torn Jerusalem in 1948 when Hind Husseini (HIAM ABBASS, The Visitor, Amreeka) opens an orphanage for refugee children that quickly becomes home to 2000 orphans. One of the children is seventeen year old Miral (FRIEDA PINTO, Slumdog Millionaire) who arrived at the orphanage 10 years earlier, following her mother's tragic death. On the cusp of the Intifada resistance, Miral is assigned to teach at a refugee camp where she falls for a fervent political activist, Hani (OMAR METWALLY, Munich, Rendition) and finds herself in a personal battle that mirrors the greater dilemma around her: to fight like those before her or follow Mama Hind's defiant belief that education will pave a road to peace.
(Note: Most of the above message about "Miral" was originally written and distributed by the Levantine Cultural Center.)
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