Julian Schnabel (Basquiat, Before Night Falls, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) has a new film, Miral, about a young girl in Jerusalem. That’s exciting, right?
When the United Nations decided to screen the film, the American Jewish Committee condemned the screening and said the fim was unfairly biased against Israel. Harvey Weinstein, who is distributing the film through his company, offered to the , “As a Jewish American, I can categorically state that I would not be releasing a film that was flagrantly biased towards Israel or Judaism. Miral tells a story about a young Palestinian woman, but that does not make it a polemic. By stifling discussion or pre-judging a work of art, we only perpetuate the prejudice that does so much harm.”
The producers of the film extended an invitation to the American Jewish Council to attend the screening. Read the Los Angeles Times‘ coverage here.