The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer)

Rated NR 95 min. 2016

Gaza. Synonymous to so many with conflict, destruction and despair but to Mohammed Assaf, and his sister Nour, Gaza is their home and their playground. Their band might play on second hand, beaten up instruments but their ambitions are sky-high. And so, in front of him on TV one evening lies an impossible dream: the auditions for Arab Idol, the most popular show in the Arab world, are taking place in Cairo. The borders are closed. There is no way out. Somehow, he finds a way and makes it in front of the judges in Egypt. From there, destiny awaits, a chance to change his life and give a voiceless people the greatest feeling of all: the freedom to love, live and feel free.

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Director: Hany Abu-Assad

Writer: Hany Abu-Assad and Sameh Zoabi

Producer: Ali Jaafar and Amira Diab

Cast: Tawfeek Barhom, Dima Awawdeh, Ahmad Al-Rokh and Saber Shreim

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