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The Idol

Ya Tayr El Tayer

Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
Palestinian Territory, 2015
Biography, Comedy, Drama
  • Arabic
  • English


A film about the popular Palestinian singer Mohammad Assaf, from childhood to adulthood, and his life in Gaza until he won the Arab idol.

Our take

Award-winning director Hany Abu-Assad’s leap to Hollywood last year with The Mountain Between Us was forecast by the success of The Idol, a charming and thoroughly engrossing biopic of the Palestinian singer who won “Arab Idol.” We hope more diverse voices can be given new opportunities.

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