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The Idol

Ya Tayr El Tayer

HANY ABU-ASSAD
UK, Palestine, Qatar, Netherlands, UAE, 2015
98 minutes, Color
Official website

Two-time Oscar®-nominated Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad's (Paradise Now, Omar) new film is based on the true story of Mohammad Assaf, winner of "Arab Idol," which captivated millions and became a worldwide sensation. Growing up in the Gaza Strip, Assaf formed bands with his tomboy sister and motley crew of friends, but the prospects of singing professionally seemed an impossible dream. Participating in the live "Arab Idol" competition in Egypt was a long shot—as was traveling without a passport and passing through closed borders. For those who know Assaf's incredible story, the film is a chance to relive the ascent of a major new star. For those who don't, The Idol is a treat that resembles We Are The Best! crossed with Wadjda. It features a host of stars, such as Nadine Labaki (Caramel, Where Do We Go Now?), and footage of Assaf's extraordinary performances.—London Film Festival

In Arabic with English subtitles

The Idol

Ya Tayr El Tayer

HANY ABU-ASSAD
UK, Palestine, Qatar, Netherlands, UAE, 2015
98 minutes, Color
Official website

Two-time Oscar®-nominated Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad's (Paradise Now, Omar) new film is based on the true story of Mohammad Assaf, winner of "Arab Idol," which captivated millions and became a worldwide sensation. Growing up in the Gaza Strip, Assaf formed bands with his tomboy sister and motley crew of friends, but the prospects of singing professionally seemed an impossible dream. Participating in the live "Arab Idol" competition in Egypt was a long shot--as was traveling without a passport and passing through closed borders. For those who know Assaf's incredible story, the film is a chance to relive the ascent of a major new star. For those who don't, The Idol is a treat that resembles We Are The Best! crossed with Wadjda. It features a host of stars, such as Nadine Labaki (Caramel, Where Do We Go Now?), and footage of Assaf's extraordinary performances.--London Film Festival

In Arabic with English subtitles


Saturday, April 23
7:15 PM
$13.00

Trailers may not have subtitles but all of our foreign language films do.
Having trouble viewing the trailer? See it here.