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The Idol (2015)

Ya tayr el tayer (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 2 June 2016 (Netherlands)
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Mohammed Assaf, an aspiring musician living in Gaza, sets a seemingly impossible goal: to compete on the program "Arab Idol."

Director:

Hany Abu-Assad

Writers:

Hany Abu-Assad (screenplay), Sameh Zoabi (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tawfeek Barhom ... Mohammed Assaf
Kais Attalah Kais Attalah ... Mohammed Assaf (younger) (as Qais Attallah)
Hiba Attalah Hiba Attalah ... Nour (as Hiba Attahllah)
Ahmad Qasem Ahmad Qasem ... Young Ahmad (as Ahmad Qassim)
Abdel Kareem Barakeh Abdel Kareem Barakeh ... Young Omar (as Abdalkarim Abubaraka)
Teya Hussein Teya Hussein ... Young Amal
Dima Awawdeh Dima Awawdeh ... Amal
Ahmed Al Rokh Ahmed Al Rokh ... Omar (as Ahmad Rokh)
Saber Shreim Saber Shreim ... Ahmad
Amer Hlehel Amer Hlehel ... Kamal
Manal Awad Manal Awad ... Mohammed's Mother
Walid Abed Elsalam Walid Abed Elsalam ... Mohammed's Father (as Waleed Abd Elsalem)
Eyad Hourani ... Ali Kushk
Ashraf Barhom ... Hehler - The Smuggler
Nadine Labaki ... Shadia
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Storyline

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 Guy Bellinger

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Language:

Arabic | Spanish

Release Date:

2 June 2016 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Idol See more »

Filming Locations:

Jenin, Palestine See more »

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Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Palestine's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 89th Academy Awards 2017. See more »

Soundtracks

Mahma Sar
Performed by Mohammad Assaf (listed on IMDB as Mohamed Assaf)
Lyrics by Habib Shehada Hanna
Composed and arranged by Habib Shehada Hanna
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A must see for everyone!
28 May 2016 | by sanaradvilleSee all my reviews

What a great movie, hard to believe it is based on a true story! Amazing emotions, music, and images. We all hear in the news about what is going on in Gazza, but looking at one guy story, tells it all in such a better way. It is worth looking up videos and recording of the real Muhammad Assaf from Arab Idols before you see this movie. That is all I have been doing since I saw the movie! It is extra special that the director Hani Abu-Assad had the entire cast from Gazza. It is not about politics or religion, It is a great look at a single story and the power of Art. We all need to see more stories like this from this region of the world that is deeply ruined by political disasters.


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