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The Idol

98 minutes 2015 6.7

Get ready for something as rare as a feel-good movie from Gaza. “The Idol” reminds us all that dreams are worth living for. The film depicts the upbringing on the Gaza Strip with both joy and sorrow. And with amazing music!

We meet 10-year-old Mohammad and his 12-year-old sister Nour, who have a strong bond, both as siblings and through a common passion for music. They both realize that Mohammad have a fantastic talent for singing. Like many youngsters, Mohammad dreams of becoming a star, and amazingly, he manages to escape from Gaza and do an audition on the popular talent show “Arab Idol” in Cairo. Mohammad goes to the final rounds and must confront his own fear by taking control of his destiny, which brings hope and joy to people who live in bottomless despair and desperation. 

The Idol is an inspirational drama based on the true story of Mohammad Assaf. Assaf is today a well-established star around the world, and a UN ambassador, but he still needs special permission to get in and out of Gaza.

The film is not playable outside of Norway
Original title: Ya tayr el tayer
Category: Feature Film
Genre: Kids, drama, biography, musical
Actors: Nadine Labaki, Ahmed Al Rokh, Saber Shreim, Tawfeek Barhom, Abdelkarim Abu Baraka, Ahmad Qassim, Hiba Atallah, Qais Atallah
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Producer: Tiziana Sousou, Ali Jaafar, Amira Diab
Company: Seville Intl., Mezza Terra Media, 03, Majdal Films
Photo: Ehab Assal
Music: Habib Shehadeh Hanna
Script: Hany Abu-Assad
Country: Palestine
Language: Arabic