Ajyal Film Festival 2023

All Films

Miral (Miral)

World Panorama

Julian Schnabel / Feature Narrative / France, U.K. / 2010 / 113 min / Color / 35 mm
In English / Arabic subtitles
Interests: Coming of Age, War, Politics, Based on a True Story
Qatar Premiere


From Academy Award nominated director Julian Schnabel ("The Diving Bell and the Butterfly") comes the story of four women whose lives intertwine in a starkly human search for justice, hope and reconciliation amid a world overshadowed by conflict, rage and violence. The story begins in war-torn Jerusalem in 1948, when Hind Husseini opens an orphanage that quickly becomes home to 2000 children, including Miral (Freida Pinto, of "Slumdog Millionaire"). On the eve of the Intifada, Miral goes off to teach at a refugee camp, where she falls in love with a political activist and finds herself facing a personal conflict: should she fight like those before her, or follow Hind's strongly-held belief that education is the path to peace? Schnabel, the world-famous artist turned hugely successful director, here provides a strong portrayal of the Palestinian Nakbah.

About the Directors

Julian Schnabel
Born in Brooklyn, Schnabel graduated from the University of Houston and in 1979 had his first solo painting exhibition in New York. Since then, his paintings have been shown around the world. His films include "Before Night Falls," and "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," for which he won the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival.


Julian Schnabel
Rula Jebreal
Jon Kilik
Executive Producer
Francois-Xavier Decraene
Freida Pinto, Hiam Abbass, Willem Dafoe, Vanessa Redgrave, Alexander Siddig, Yasmine Al Massri

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