The Idol 2015

” THE IDOL “

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Acclaimed Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now, Omar) directs this biopic about Mohammad Assaf, the Gazan wedding singer who became a worldwide sensation after winning the live-singing competition Arab Idol in 2013.

The live-television singing competition Arab Idol has been wildly popular in the Middle East for a few years now, but the 2013 rise of Mohamad Assaf from wedding singer in Gaza to Arab Idol winner was so incredible that it captivated millions and became a worldwide sensation. Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad was among the thousands who sat in cafés and open courtyards watching Assaf’s ascent through the final stages of the contest, and the enthralling experience inspired him to imagine the childhood origins of this phenomenal story.