Synopsis: A drama centered on an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict.
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Julian Schnabel
Production: The Weinstein Company
  4 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

My name is Miral Shahin.

I was born in 1973.

But my story really begins in 1947...

...with Hind Husseini.

Hind, this is my nephew, Eddie.

Hi, nice to meet you.

You speak Arabic.

Not really.

Basically, I can only say

"How do you do?" in two ways.

- Can I prepare a plate for you?

- Yes, please.


- Is that fried?

- Thanks, that's good.

I am so very pleased to welcome you all

to the American Colony Hotel.

And thank you, Governor Khatib,

and my Palestinian friends,

and my American-Jewish friends,

and my nephew, Eddie.

Thank you for being here with me

on this very special occasion.

And, my special thanks

to the Husseini family

for bringing, like, every year

this magnificent tree!

And what is so special

about this tree, is that every year

we put it back into the ground.

This place has always

been an oasis for everybody.

And I know it is very hard

not to talk about politics

at this delicate time

for our country and for all of us,

but at least for tonight,

let's put all the problems outside

and enjoy each other's company.

Merry Christmas!

...we the members

of the People's Council,

representing the Jews of Israel

and the Zionist movement,

are here assembled on the day

of the end of the British mandate.

By virtue

of our natural and historic right,

and based

on the United Nations resolution,

we do hereby declare

the establishment of a Jewish state

in the land of Israel

to be known as the state of Israel.

Mama! Mama! Mama!



Who are you? Why are you here?

We were attacked last night.

Bombs, fire.

My mother pushed us

out the back door.

We couldn't see.

Too much smoke.

We called to each other.

Houses on fire.

We heard shooting, bombs.

Mohammed said

he saw tanks and soldiers.

We ran and ran.

And that's when Abdullah fell.

Hamid said soldiers

came into his house.

Killed his grandfather,

father and mother.

His sisters, too.

We're all from Deir Yassin.

Soldiers shoved us in a truck.

Lots of smoke.

People died.

I don't know where my brothers are.

Everybody died.

What is your name?



Mama! Hello!

Hello, Hind.

We have to feed them.

Mama, don't worry.

They'll only stay a few days.

Why don't you take them

to your grandfather's?

- How many do you have?

- Nearly 200.

And they keep coming.

Dir Qassem,

Luvia, Shejerah, Ramle...

Entire villages are being

reduced to rubble.

The League of Nation is asking

if you could take children

that has been left behind.

We don't know where their families are.

There are so many.

They are here already.

I sold my properties,

most of my mother's.

You know we have to do something.

We have to get this place bigger.

We need building permits, we need

maybe to annex the other buildings.

We need help.

There is going to be a tax.

No business occurs,

no license can be issued in this city,

without donating something

for that effort. This I can assure you.

Thank you.

That's a good name for a school.

Children's Home.

Maybe their families

will find them here.

Miss Husseini, good morning.

Happy seeing you here.

Thank you. I need to talk

with Sheikh Saabah.

Excuse me.

Excuse me, Mrs. Hind Husseini,

she's here to see you.

Miss Husseini, I knew your father.

- Great man. Please.

- I'm sorry to interrupt.

But I do need five minutes of your time.

There's something very important

I want to show you.

- Nothing takes five minutes...

- If that's...

Please, what can I do for you?

It's very important.

With respect, ten minutes.

We have children

from every corner of Palestine.

And every day there is more.

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Rula Jebreal

Rula Jebreal (Arabic: رولا جبريل‎, Hebrew: רולא ג'בריל‎; born April 24, 1973) is a Palestinian foreign policy analyst, journalist, novelist and screenwriter with dual Israeli and Italian citizenship. She was a commentator for MSNBC. more…

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