In her biggest showcase to date since "Slumdog Millionaire," Freida Pinto has the title role of a young Palestinian woman who develops a deep awareness of the challenges facing her people, fueled largely by her own experiences as a teacher in a refugee camp.

Her involvement with a political activist (Omar Metwally), as determined in his views as she is in hers, prompts her to re-evaluate the best approach to her country's welfare. Vanessa Redgrave and Willem Dafoe also are in director Julian Schnabel's cast. DVD extras: "making-of" documentary; deleted scenes; audio commentary by Schnabel and director Jon Kilik; interview and studio tour with Schnabel. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

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