The Idol

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The Idol

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Not Rated

About the Film:

"A simply told but thoroughly captivating portrait of Muhammad Assaf, the Gazan singer who won “Arab Idol” at age 23 and became an irresistible symbol of hope for Palestinians worldwide"
-- Justin Chang, Variety

The Idol is based on the true story of Mohammed Assaf's childhood with a ragtag group of children who spend their time roaming Gaza, playing, and trying to start their own band. Mohammed is only ten years old when his twelve-year-old sister Nour convinces him that his exceptional voice will someday take him far beyond the borders of Gaza. Through the eyes of the children, we see the everyday sights of Palestinian life n Gaza. We see them struggle to earn money for their musical instruments. We see the children deal with tragedy, each child in the band coping in different ways.

Fast-forward to a teenage Mohammed in 2012 and we again see the way Gaza and its people have changed. Mohammed drives a taxi and still dreams of a singing career. He finds the inspiration to follow his dream when tryouts for the "Arab Idol" competition are held in Cairo. Mohammed makes it out of Gaza and enters the competition. As a contestant, Mohammed is inspired by his childhood experiences, by his need to sing, and by the chance to represent the Palestinian people. At the end of the film, we ourselves are inspired by Mohammed's actual on-air "Arab Idol" performances.