Jewish Group Protests UN Screening Of 'Miral' As Julian Schnabel, Harvey Weinstein Say Film Not Anti-Israel

Miral director Julian Schnabel was able to get an R rating changed to PG-13 after he and producer Jon Kilik recut it to downplay the implication of a molestation. Now, Miral faces a new obstacle as Schnabel prepares to show the film Monday at United Nations headquarters. The American Jewish Committee on Sunday urged the president of the United Nations General Assembly to reconsider his decision to sponsor a screening of the film for diplomats before Miral is put in limited theatrical release starting March 25.

The AJC letter prompted a quick response by Schnabel, the film’s distributor Harvey Weinstein, Kilik and Rula Jebreal. Latter wrote the script based on a novel she wrote, based on her experiences as an orphaned Palestinian girl who grows up in the wake of the first Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict. The film stars Frieda Pinto, Willem Dafoe and Vanessa Redgrave.

In a letter sent to UN General Assembly president Joseph Deiss, AJC executive director David Harris called the film “a blatantly one-sided event…the film has a clear political message, which portrays Israel in a highly negative light.” The entire letter appears at the bottom of this post. (more…)

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