- Thu Apr 7, 2011, 9:22 AM GMT
Juliano Mer-Khamis, who was shot to death by a masked gunman, has been buried in the Ramot Menashe cemetery in Israel on April 6.READ MORE
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 (Freida 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.
The 'Everybody's Fine' actor, along with Sean Penn and Josh Brolin, support the director by attending the premiere of his politically-charged new film at the United Nations headquarters on Monday.READ MORE
Accused of portraying the state of Israel in a 'highly negative light' in his movie, the director defends the film, saying, 'if we don't listen to the other side, we can never have peace'.READ MORE
Motion Picture Association of America agreed to give the movie a softer PG-13 rating after he convinces the board that the Palestinian orphan's life in Israel film was aimed at teenagers.READ MORE
After his movie was awarded the 'R' rating by the U.S. censors, Schanabel puts an official argument through a blog which blasted the Motion Picture Association of America.READ MORE