Middle East
Fortune struck for these Syrian migrants, but can they make it in California?
Los Angeles Times



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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