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Mohammed Assaf, an aspiring musician living in Gaza, sets a seemingly impossible goal: to compete on the program "Arab Idol."

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Mohammed Assaf
Kais Attalah ...
Mohammed Assaf (younger) (as Qais Attallah)
Hiba Attalah ...
Nour (as Hiba Attahllah)
Ahmad Qasem ...
Young Ahmad (as Ahmad Qassim)
Abdel Kareem Barakeh ...
Young Omar (as Abdalkarim Abubaraka)
Teya Hussein ...
Young Amal
Dima Awawdeh ...
Amal
Ahmed Al Rokh ...
Omar (as Ahmad Rokh)
Saber Shreim ...
Ahmad
Amer Hlehel ...
Kamal
Manal Awad ...
Mohammed's Mother
Walid Abed Elsalam ...
Mohammed's Father (as Waleed Abd Elsalem)
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Ali Kushk
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Hehler - The Smuggler
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Shadia
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Said
Ali Jaber ...
Ali Jaber
Dima Al-Jamel Abu-Assad ...
Host of Star Palestine
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Hiba
Hussein Nakhleh ...
Taxi Customer
Husam Al-Azza ...
Border Officer
Baher Agbariya ...
Doctor 1
Nabil Al Raee ...
Doctor 2
Ameer Abu Elrub ...
Cameraman
Jamal Khalaile ...
Abu-Khaled (as Jamal Khalally)
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Samir
Sobhi Hosari ...
Groom
Em Mouhamad ...
Angry Woman
Hadi Abu Sini ...
Generator Boy
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Rand
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Ismael
Raneem Al-Dawood ...
Female Contestant
Kawa Shekho ...
Male Contestant
Sanad Haddadin ...
Contestant
Shady Habashy ...
Head Guard
Ahmad Al-Ajarma ...
Security Guard
Yaser Haddad ...
Assistant Producer
Adeeb Hadi ...
Kareem
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Beirut Doctor
Rania Al-Nimer ...
Press
Mohammad Atallah ...
Costume Designer
Sandy Habashneh
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Mohamed Assaf ...
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Directed by

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Hany Abu-Assad

Written by

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Hany Abu-Assad ... (screenplay) &
Sameh Zoabi ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Baher Agbariya ... co-producer
Sassan Ahsani ... executive producer
Hana Alhirsi-Evans ... associate producer
Khalil Amiouni ... executive producer
Sawsan Asfari ... co-producer
Hans de Wolf ... co-producer
Amira Diab ... producer
Mohamed Hefzy ... co-producer
Pim Hermeling ... co-producer
Fadi Ismail ... co-producer
Ali Jaafar ... producer
Badr Jafar ... executive producer
Gisel Kordestani ... executive producer
Bashar Masri ... executive producer
Hamed Mokhtar ... executive producer
Hanneke Niens ... co-producer
Anick Poirier ... executive producer
Maya Sanbar ... co-producer
Mufid Shawwa ... executive producer
Tiziana Sousou ... executive producer
Harold van Lier ... executive producer

Music by

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Hani Asfari ... composer

Cinematography by

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Ehab Assal

Film Editing by

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Eyas Salman

Editorial Department

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Ruth Antoine ... first assistant editor
Miga Bär ... digital intermediate producer: Filmmore
Maarten Heijblok ... conform editor
Adam Inglis ... colorist
Remco Mastwijk ... post production: filmmore
Gideon Schaaps ... dcp mastering
Neeltje van der Heijden ... digital intermediate producer: filmmore

Casting By

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Amer Hlehel

Production Design by

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Nael Kanj

Art Direction by

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Nael Kanj
Rabia Salifiti

Costume Design by

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Hamada Atallah

Production Management

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Jamal Al Adwan ... production manager: Jordan
Laura Hawa ... line producer
Mike Morrison ... post-production supervisor
Rula Nasser ... line producer: Jordan
Kosei Takeddin ... assistant production manager: Jordan

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Rima Haj ... second assistant director: Lebanon
Azza Hourani ... second assistant director: Jordan unit
Yanal Kassay ... first assistant director: Jordan
Chad Rosen ... first assistant director
Mikhaela Rosen ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Gaby Abu Sini ... art department assistant
Bashar Hassuneh ... property master (as Bashar Hasuneh)
Karim Kheir ... art department: Jordan
Paul Postma ... graphic designer

Sound Department

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Mark Appleby ... adr mixer
Michael Clayton ... mix technician
Raja Dubayah ... production sound mixer (as Raja Dubayeh)
Lee Herrick ... supervising sound editor
Robert Ireland ... sound designer
Richard Pryke ... re-recording mixer
John Skehill ... sound mix technician
Elias Talhami ... boom operator
Ibrahim Zaher ... boom operator / sound: additional unit

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Jeremy Booth ... compositor: Jellyfish
Remco Consten ... visual effects artist: Filmmore
Joppe de Graaf ... visual effects artist: Filmmore
Luke Dodd ... visual effects supervisor: Jellyfish
Alex Gray ... compositor: Jellyfish
Danielle Kempen ... visual effects supervisor: Filmmore
Camille Marjoux ... visual effects artist: Filmmore
Jessica Norton ... visual effects producer: Jellyfish
Zsófia Pauliczky ... visual effects artist: Filmmore
Eli Rezik ... additional visual effects
Matthijs Slijkhuis ... visual effects artist: Filmmore
Aaron Tennant ... visual effects: Jellyfish
Hans van Helden ... visual effects supervisor: Filmmore
Willem Zwarthoed ... visual effects artist: Filmmore

Stunts

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Hanna Jiryis ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Richard de Vadder ... key grip
Anton Demerjian ... second assistant camera
Ahmad Elgoul ... grip: Gaza
Ferencz Radnai ... gaffer
Eric Sicot ... first assistant camera

Music Department

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Karim Azedia ... composer: additional music
Melham Barakat ... composer: additional music
Maroun Beem ... guitar: programming
Darweesh Darweesh ... violin solo
Ehab Drubi ... guitar
Hassan Abu Etman ... composer: additional music
Elias Habib ... percussion
Habib Shehada Hanna ... orchestrator, oud, bouzouq, programming
Karem Mattar ... keyboards
Robin Morrison ... music editor
Khalil Abu Nikola ... vocals: vocal trainer
Nakola Khalil Abu Nikola ... vocals
Al Mashghai Orchestra ... orchestra
Sherif Taj ... composer: additional music (as Sherif Tag)

Other crew

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Raya Aburub ... Jordan production coordinator
Amber Fares ... behind the scenes documentary
François Guerrar ... press attache: france
Annemarie Jacir ... script doctor
Haya Kattan ... script supervisor: Jordan unit
Tamara Masri ... personal assistant to the director
Lauren Mekhael ... production financing
Bryant Mudd ... assistant to the director

Thanks

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Masoud Amralla Al Ali ... thanks
Family Assaf ... thanks
Adam Bakri ... special thanks
George David ... special thanks
Nikola Khoury ... special thanks: music
Rana Khoury ... special thanks: music
Catie Saralegui ... special thanks
Jorge Saralegui ... special thanks
Laa Srooji ... special thanks: music

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • The Idol (World-wide, English title)
  • Le chanteur de Gaza (France)
  • Ein Lied für Nour (Germany)
  • Idol (Spain)
  • El ídolo (Uruguay)
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  • 100 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
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