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Posts Tagged ‘Miral’

Siddig: Trek and Religion

Monday, March 14th, 2011

While promoting his latest film, Miral, which debuted in the US and UK last autumn, Alexander Siddig spoke about religion, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how Star Trek dealt with religion.

In Miral, Siddig plays the father of a Palestinian woman raised at the Dar Al-Tifel Institute after the death of her mother. Siddig chose to take part in the movie for two reasons. “Firstly it was to be directed by Julian Schnabel, an eminent director,” he said. “The second reason was that I thought the trouble in Israel had been going on so long that the reasons why the whole thing started in the first place had been forgotten by everybody. Arguments have a way of morphing over time. This film doesn’t outline all the reasons for the conflict in Israel but it does focus people’s attention on its origins. I thought that might be useful.”


Siddig: Facing His Background

Friday, February 4th, 2011

After 9-11, Alexander Siddig faced his Arab heritage and learned how to relax.

Half-English and half-Sudanese, Siddig is not sure which side predominates. “I don’t know if it’s an English engine in an Arab body or an Arab engine in an English body,” he said. “I’m not quite sure which way around it was.”