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Rula Jebreal is an award-winning journalist who specialises in immigration rights issues. She was born in Palestine, studied and worked in Italy for many years, and now lives in New York.
Author photo copyright © Julian Schnabel
This is a heartbreaking novel dissecting the Palestinian conflict that is based on a true story. Rula Jebreal traces the lives of generations of Palestinians in order to understand the intractable conflict. Hind Husseini, benefactor of thousands of children, is the figurehead in this examination of race, religion and what a homeland means. A film adaptation starring Freida Pinto is out now. Click on the screen below to view a trailer of the film which is released in December 2010.
Now a major motion picture from award-winning director Julian Schnabel, starring Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) Written by the much-admired Italo-Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal, Miral is a novel that focuses on remarkable women whose lives unfold in the turbulent political climate along the borders of Israel and Palestine. In 1948, as violence erupts in Jerusalem, a young Arab woman, Hind Husseini, finds fifty-five abandoned children and faces the biggest challenge of her life-changing their destiny. She dedicates her life to providing the children with love and education, and establishes the Dar El-Tifel orphanage. 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, whose mother died tragically when her daughter was only five. Hind desperately races to save Miral from this legacy of destruction. But is she too late?