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‘Miral’ filmmaker Schnabel is feeling the love — and the criticism

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/film/article/miral_filmmaker_schnabel_is_feeling_the_love_and_the_criticism_20110323

In an early scene in “Miral,” the new film by artist-filmmaker Julian Schnabel opening March 25, a Palestinian activist named Hind Husseini (Hiam Abbass) comes across a ragtag group of about 50 children in Jerusalem’s Old City, many of them crying, trembling, dirty, barefoot, their hair matted and faces traumatized. The oldest is a girl of around 12, who explains that, the night before, the children had barely escaped a fiery rampage that destroyed their homes. They are alone, hungry and terrified.

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