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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."

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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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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$343,059
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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

Ya Bint Al Sultan
Performed by Nakola Khalil Abu Nikola
Lyrics by Hassan Abu Etman
Composed by Hassan Abu Etman
Arranged by Habib Shehada Hanna
Licensed by SACERAU - Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music.
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A beautifully made movie that touches your heart, and never loses its pace.
13 December 2015 | by anishamisra_88See all my reviews

This is a beautifully made movie highlighting parts of Mohammed Assaf's life, that give us a feel of where he's from, his childhood in Gaza, his talent for music and where he finally got to. It is a fantastic movie, that will touch your heart and make you fall in love with the humble young man who really changed his life around, and you can still see the modesty and humility behind his smile. This movie will take you on the journey of Assaf's life, right from his childhood growing up through the harshness of war, saving money to accomplish his dreams and his beautiful relationship with his family. This movie will make you laugh, cry, and feel so happy and proud of Assaf's accomplishments, whether you're Palestinian or from another part of the world. A MUST watch.


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