The movie Miral follows Hind Husseini's quest to build an orphanage in Jerusalem. The time that the orphanage is to be built is right after the Arab-Israel War. At this time the state of Israel was just formed. Hind meets a large group of orphaned children as she is leaving work. She takes them back to her place and gives them food and a place to sleep.
Within the period of six months she has over 2,000 children and the orphanage was formed to house them all. Miral is a five year old girl. She is sent to the orphanage after the death of her mother. She has a safe life and is cared for there. When she is 15 she agrees to teach children at a refugee camp and gets her first look at what is going on in the world. She has an internal struggle with the First Intifada belief of her people and what she learned at the orphanage about education being the pathway to peace.