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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.
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'.
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.
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.
Although admitting that she felt 'uncomfortable' filming the harrowing scene in 'Miral', the actress says, 'I feel having her there after the scene really helped her as well as me.'