"Miral"-Film Premier @ United Nations
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The United Nations provided a different setting for the US premiere of acclaimed filmmaker Julian Scnabel's production "Miral". The film brings to screen the visceral, first person diary of a young girl growing up in East Jerusalem, and the screening did also deliver some diplomatic controversy at the UN. The fil world though showed up at the UN in force with Robert DeNiro, Vanessa Redgrave, Sean Penn, Steve Buscemi and Harvey Weinstein among others.
Transcripts / Production notes / Scripts
Rula Jebreal, Screenwriter:
“I believe in a change. I always wanted to see change in my country. I wanted to tell stories about how civil society, especially women, live under this conflict. And the fact that we are premiering here, in a place that dedicated their entire life to promoting peace, education and love, which is the main things that I advocate everyday in my life and I advocate in the story. It’s about human beings, about respect, and about creating a bridge between people.”
5. Pan left, Sean Penn
6. Med shot, Steve Buscemi and Willem Dafoe
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Rula Jebreal, Screenwriter::
“Many people tried to avoid that this move is going to be screened here, tried to boycott this movie or to censor this movie, but you know what? How can you censor words about peace, peace is not against somebody, peace is actually a value for all of us.”
8. Pan left, Lou Reed
9. Med shot, Robert de Niro
10. Pan left, Chazz Palminteri
11. Wide shot, Julian Schnabel and General Assembly President Joseph Deiss
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Julian Schnabel, Filmmaker:
“The role of the UN, I wish it didn’t seem like their hands were so tied sometimes, because I think there are people who are really trying to work for peace, really trying to open up dialogue, and this is a perfect platform for this movie, because it is about listening to the other side, a side that I was not on. And I think that I learned a lot about them in the process of making the movie. I think that the movie can be poetic and educational at the same time.”
13. Med shot, Harvey Weinstein
14. Med shot, Candice Bergen
15. Med shot, Vanessa Redgrave and Dick Cavett
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Vanessa Redgrave, Actor:
“I play Bertha Vester, who is the American lady who actually sort of founded the American Colony Hotel, and helped Hind al-Husseini raise money for the land where Hind al-Husseini built the orphanage for the Palestinian girls who had been orphaned in 1948 and subsequently until she died in 1994. So the story follows that, and it’s a real story. It is Rula’s story.”
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17. Various shots, trailer form the film
The US premiere of the film “Miral” was held tonight (14 March) at the UN General Assembly Hall with diplomats, UN officials and many celebrities in attendance.
The film, from acclaimed artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel, brings to the screen the visceral, first-person diary of a young girl growing up in East Jerusalem as she confronts the effects of the political turmoil on her life.
The screenplay was written by Rula Jebreal based on her own novel. She is a Palestinian journalist and broadcaster born in East Jerusalem to a father working in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Jebreal told UNifeed that she has always wanted to tell stories about “how civil society, especially women” live under the Israeli - Palestinian conflict.
She said that she finds it fitting that the film is being premiered at the United Nations an organization dedicated “to promoting peace, education and love, which is the main things that I advocate everyday in my life and I advocate in the story”.
Vester added that the story is “about human beings, about respect, and about creating a bridge between people” and, commenting on some negative criticism received by the film, she said that “peace is not against somebody; peace is actually a value for all of us.”
The film features rare documentary footage, including from the UN archives. It recounts and analyses the Middle East conflict as processed in the United Nations over the decades, recounting UN resolutions and other proceedings
Schnabel pieces together momentary fragments of Miral’s world to create a raw, moving, poetic portrait of a woman whose small, personal story is inextricably woven into the bigger history unfolding all around her.
The filmmaker said that the UN “is a perfect platform for this movie, because it is about listening to the other side, a side that I was not on”
He added that “the movie can be poetic and educational at the same time.”
Legendary actor Vanessa Redgrave explained her role in the film and pointed out that this “a real story. It is Rula’s story.”
Schnabel first received international attention as a visual artist in the 1980 for his "plate paintings", large-scale paintings set on broken ceramic plates.
He later went on to direct films such as Basquiat and Before Night Falls. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly earned him the award for best director at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globe for best director, the Independent Spirit Award for best director, and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director.
For the first time the United Nations General Assembly Hall was equipped with the latest technology to serve as the venue for a film premiere.
Year of Production: 2011
Length: 3:30 mins with trailer
Country: United Nations
- Muhamed Sacirbey UNTV
- Susan Sacirbey