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Rodney El Haddad,
Nada Abou Farhat
Since his early years in his native Gaza, Mohammed Assaf has had a golden voice. Accompanied by his sister Nour and two of his friends, he sings in courtyards first and later at weddings while Kamal helps him to develop the full range of his vocal capacities. Nour unfortunately dies of kidney failure and Mohammed grows up in sorrow and bitterness, all the more as war strikes his hometown. In 2012, he is a student and drives a taxi to finance his studies. He wants to start singing again but he can envisage singing as a career only in leaving Gaza. His only hope is to participate in the famous "Arab Idol" contest. But how to leave the place without a visa?Written by
The true story (with a few fictionalized elements) of Mohammed Assaf, a singer from Gaza, who was the winner of the second season of "Arab Idol". See more »
Performed by Mohammad Assaf (listed on IMDB as Mohamed Assaf)
Lyrics by Samir Mahboob
Composed by Mohammad El-Moogy
Edited by Habib Shehada Hanna
Licensed by SACERAU - Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music. See more »
I do love a good heartfelt true story, and this was right up my alley. I was hooked from the start and felt really bad for the sister, who would have had to have been the best actor in the movie (the main character as a boy had to be the worst I thought). The missed a trick however when they didn't really refer back to her in the Idol run.
The movie however was not without it's flaws. The splicing in of the Arab Idol took away from the emotion at the end of the movie and put a dampener on the movies end.
This however was only a minor detail as in overall terms this was a good movie which shows how reality shows can actually be important things for certain peoples.
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