The Idol maps the true story of Palestine’s first pop celebrity, Mohammed Assaf and his stellar rise to fame following his victory in the 2013 season of Arab Idol. Reminding us that truth can be stranger - and more wonderful - than fiction, The Idol follows the remarkable story of Assaf’s journey from a refugee camp in Gaza, through to his audition in Egypt and his crowning victory in Beirut that stirred the dreams, hearts and aspirations of people around the world. The latest feature by celebrated director Hany-Abu Assad (whose previous two features, Paradise Now and Omar, both earned foreign language Oscar nominations), The Idol is the first feature to be (partially) filmed on location in Gaza in decades and is sure to inspire and delight.
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Length: 100 mins
Language: Arabic with English subtitles