The Idol maps the true story of Palestine’s first pop celebrity, Mohammed Assaf, and his stellar rise to fame following his victory in the 2013 season of Arab Idol. Abu-Assad (Omar) follows the remarkable story of Assaf’s journey from a refugee camp in Gaza, through to his audition in Egypt with a fake passport, to his crowning victory in Beirut which stirred the dreams, hearts, and aspirations of Palestinians at home and abroad. The first feature to be (partially) filmed on location in Gaza in decades and The Idol is sure to inspire and delight.
Appears in: 39th Portland International Film Festival
Other Films by Hany Abu-Assad
Omar is a tense, gripping thriller about betrayal, suspected and real, in the Occupied Territories. Omar is a Palestinian baker who routinely climbs over the separation wall to meet up with his girl, Nadja. By night, he’s either a freedom fighter or a terrorist ready to risk his life to strike at the Israeli military with …