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Ya tayr el tayer (2015)

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."



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ...
Ahmed Al Rokh ...
Omar (as Ahmad Rokh)
Saber Shreim ...
Amer Hlehel ...
Manal Awad ...
Mohammed's Mother
Walid Abed Elsalam ...
Mohammed's Father (as Waleed Abd Elsalem)
Ali Kushk
Hehler - The Smuggler


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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The first movie to be shot in Gaza in over two decades. See more »


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Published by KPM Music Ltd.
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A must see for everyone!
28 May 2016 | by (Manhattan Beach, California) – See 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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