In the glitz and glamour of the Venice Film festival there were strong echoes of the peace talks in Washington. Director Julian Schnabel, an American Jew was speaking at the screening of his latest film based on his Palestinian partners biographical novel, Miral.
At the world premier he explained the film highlights common values and was quick to quote one of France’s most famous film directors.
“This conflict has to end as soon as possible, every time a child dies on either side, there’s no reason. Jean Renoir once said ‘the problem with the world is everybody has their reasons.’ So what ever reason it is not good enough,” he said.
At the centre of the film are the lives of four Arab-Israeli women spanning three generations and set against the backdrop of the conflict.
Based on Rula Jabreal’s book one of the central characters is Hind Husseini who in the late ’40s set up a school to give Arab orphans a better future. The film has a clear political message pointing to the role of education in bridging divides.