Heartbreaking novel dissecting the Palestinian conflictbased on a true story; film adaptation starring Freida Pinto and directed by Julian Schnabel to debut at Venice Film Festival
About the book
In 1948, as violence erupts in Jerusalem, a young Arab woman, Hind Husseini, finds fifty-five abandoned children in the streets and faces the biggest challenge of her life. Hind establishes the Dar El-Tifel orphanage, dedicating her life to providing love, support and education to the children, changing their destiny. As the years pass and the conflict rages on, Hind finds that - despite her best efforts - some of her older students are taking part in the violent struggle for Palestinian independence, including one of her brightest students, Miral. Rula Jebreal traces the lives of generations of Palestinians in order to understand the intractable conflict. Based on fact, Hind Husseini, benefactor of thousands of children, is the figurehead in this examination of race, religion and what a homeland means.
PRAISE FOR THE FILM:Courageous and groundbreaking... The strength and importance of Miral lies in its vantage point.
A cry for peace... Miral is a moving portrayal of life in Israel for Palestinian women?
Wears its heart on its sleeve
A film that is both moving and deeply poignant. The fact that's it's all told through the eyes of a woman gives it a human edge which is both unsettling and hugely fascinating.